A story within a story
Do you love a good story? A story within a story? And knowing it is all true? The History and Pop Culture book group will read and discuss engaging, thought-provoking, and fun non-fiction. Whether you are a foodie, a history buff, a culture blogger or just like witty footnotes, we want your brain… but not in a-formaldehyde-in-a-jar kind of way. The book group will meet every fourth Saturday of the month at the lovely Housing Works Bookstore Cafe. Hosted by Brigid Harmon, the store’s dealer in all things history, Then and Now is free and open to all that are interested.
In November, the group will discuss Mary Roach's latest, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. Our thanks to W. W. Norton for donating copies! E-mail book club leader Brigid (email@example.com) to reserve a copy; limited quantities.
More on Gulp: “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.