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Death, the afterlife, sex, space travel — freelance writer and humourist turned accidental science journalist, Mary Roach asks the questions we all wonder about but are usually too polite to mention. Her books include Stiff, Spook, Bonk, Packing for Mars and Gulp.

Her latest book, Grunt, tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries: panic, exhaustion, heat, flies, noise. Roach visits a movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier in east Africa, she discovers that diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Fashion design ers at U.S. Army Natick Labs explain why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with a crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee.

She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and discover why there really is no life like it.


Bonk

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by Mary Roach - $20.95 - Add to Cart

The study of sexual physiology—what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better—has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci ...

Grunt

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by Mary Roach - $34.95 - Add to Cart

Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries--panic, exhaustion, heat, noise--and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach...

Gulp

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by Mary Roach - $17.95 - Add to Cart

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" (Washing...

Packing for Mars

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by Mary Roach - $20.95 - Add to Cart

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it mean...

Spook

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by Mary Roach - $20.95 - Add to Cart

If author Mary Roach was a college professor, she'd have a zero drop-out rate. That's because when Roach tackles a subject--like the posthumous human body in her previous bestseller, Stif...

Stiff

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by Mary Roach - $20.95 - Add to Cart

Oddly compelling and often hilarious, Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

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