Search Results: "Mary Roach"


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STIFF by Mary Roach
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Informative, yes; entertaining, absolutely. (11 illustrations)"
Fascinating, unexpectedly fresh and funny look at the multiplicity of ways in which cadavers benefit the living. Read full book review >

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SPOOK by Mary Roach
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 2005

"Truly deft handling of the (mostly) daft."
Science writer Roach, having told all about cadavers in Stiff (2003), progresses to the logical next step: What happens after death? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"A lively, hilarious and informative look at science's dirty secrets."
Wondering whether orgasms make sows more fertile? Turn to Roach for the answer. Read full book review >

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GRUNT by Mary Roach
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2016

"Battlefield R&D is a topic too fascinating to ruin, so readers who can tolerate the author's relentless flippancy will not regret the experience."
A cannon fires grocery chickens at parked jets, testing ways to protect planes against bird strikes. Readers encountering this esoteric project on the first page will settle back to enjoy another patented scientific romp, this one on battlefield research, by journalist Roach (Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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GULP by Mary Roach
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2013

"A touchy topic illuminated with wit and rigor, packed with all the stinky details."
Throughout her sojourn down the gastrointestinal tract, science writer Roach (Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, 2011, etc.) enlists her abundant assets of intelligence and humor while dissecting this messy and astounding part of the human body. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2010

"A delightful, illuminating grab bag of space-flight curiosities."
Popular-science writer Roach (Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, 2008, etc.) entertainingly addresses numerous questions about life in outer space. Read full book review >

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"An overstuffed but stylish and engrossing thriller with a message that hits home."
Terrorism, the Burmese dictatorship and other dark forces collide when the president's cousin is kidnapped. Read full book review >

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Childhood Games by J.M. Roach
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2014

"Relentless action helps to sustain interest in a thriller with a formidable female protagonist on a mission to save a member of the only family she knows."
In this first novel by Roach, a woman tries to escape a violent past that includes being snatched from foster care and trained to kill in a secret government experiment. Read full book review >

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THE BEAR ATE YOUR SANDWICH by Julia Sarcone-Roach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Young readers and listeners will laugh out loud as they closely examine the pictures and find the jokes in this highly interactive urban adventure. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Who took the sandwich? Read full book review >

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SUBWAY STORY by Julia Sarcone-Roach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Immensely readable and surprisingly touching, this large heft of metal totes a lot of charm. (author's note, bibliography, further reading) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Jessie weighs 75,122 pounds and is a beautiful, brand-new subway car. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET PLAN by Julia Sarcone-Roach
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Sweet fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Milo the elephant and his kitten next-door neighbors, Hildy, Henry and Harriet, love to play together. Read full book review >