Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

It's time to read the newest book by genteXt's favorite author!



Book Description:

"The irresistible, ever-curious, and always best-selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside.“America’s funniest science writer”

(Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. 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 every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored 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? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of—or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists—who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts


Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies."

I figure you probably don't need reviews :-)


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  • Pat

    I'm an idiot. I've been mixing up this week with next week for days now, and I've gone and double-booked myself. I enjoyed Gulp very much--I'm so sorry I can't be there!

    May 19, 2014

  • Jennifer

    I didn't see any discussion questions online and I'm too exhausted to write any good ones. Hopefully we can get a good discussion going without them. Also, if you have things you want to read next, please let me know!

    May 19, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Hope to see you both next time.

    May 19, 2014

  • Caroline C.

    Hate to say it, but I'm not going to be able to make it tonight. I will certainly miss it, since I found the book to be really interesting. Hope you guys have a great discussion!

    May 19, 2014

  • Suzy

    I hate to miss this one - I read it as soon as it was out!

    May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've read (and reread) most of Roach's book. Great science in a good-humored and easy style.

    May 19, 2014

  • Kristin

    I'm more of a maybe...I'm arriving back in town that evening, but I'll make it if I can.

    May 15, 2014

    • Jennifer

      Hope you can make it!

      May 15, 2014

  • Joanna

    I won't be able to make it with the date change. But I love Intrepid Life Cafe - hope the next one will be held there!

    May 15, 2014

  • Lance L.

    Did the date get moved to May 19? I can do this one!

    May 14, 2014

    • Jennifer

      I moved out away from memorial day. And we're trying a new location!

      May 14, 2014

  • Scott

    Book Recommendation - I am reading now a good non-fiction book called The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber. A true story of bank heists, ice hockey, transylvanian pelt smuggling, moonlighting detectives, and broken hearts. Funny situations happening to this anti-hero in Hungary. The author John Green loves this book.

    1 · April 29, 2014

    • Jennifer

      Thanks, Scott. That sounds right up my alley and I'll look into it for the group.

      April 29, 2014

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