Seriously. If you don’t know Mary Roach, you should. Really, Boulder? Work with me here because she’s totally up our collective alleyway. You can find Mary Roach at Boulder Book Store this evening. Anything with Mary is sure to be a hootenanny (a dang fine time for those not familiar with the term).
Tonight, she’ll be discussing and signing her latest book Gulp: Adventures of the Alimentary Canal. Here’s a bit of a snippet from the book itself on what you can expect to glean from the evening:
The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and as surreal as the universe of zero gravity in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of or has the courage to ask. Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.
I first became familiar with Mary Roach’s work through her book Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. She’s an investigative nonfiction author with juuuuuuust the right amount of snark and WTH thrown in. I’ve also read Stiff and Packing for Mars — both filled with laughter and learning alike. It’s rare that I find a nonfiction book that not only keeps my attention but also has me fervishly turning pages to see what’s around the bend. She’s a bit like the Anderson Cooper for the Comedy Central generation — research that’s 100% legit and not afraid to poke fun at the hilarity that is humanity.
So, head on down to Boulder Book Store this evening. The event with Mary begins at 7:30pm and it’s a voucher event. For those new to Boulder Book Store events, vouchers are purchased at the door for $5 and are good for $5 off any purchase in the store that day, including the author’s book. You can purchase vouchers over the phone, in-store prior to the event, or at the door.