If Mary Roach has taught us anything, it is that the answer is “no.” From digesting to decomposing, we are terribly, terribly interesting. Like a Bill Bryson of the human body, Roach is talented tour guide and exceptional storyteller. Her latest Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal is enjoying its second week on the New York Times Bestseller list and will likely hang on through the summer. Readers who have had their appetite whetted for all things anatomical, will enjoy these other explorations.
- Sex sleep eat drink dream: a day in the life of your body by Jennifer Ackerman
- The secret family: twenty-four hours inside the mysterious world of our minds and bodies by David Bodanis
- Why do men have nipples?: hundreds of questions you’d only ask a doctor after your third martini by Mark Leyner
- The compass of pleasure: how our brains make fatty foods, orgasm, exercise, marijuana, generosity, vodka, learning, and gambling feel so good by David Linden
- The mysteries within: a surgeon reflects on medical myths by Sherwin Nuland
- YOU: The Owner’s Manual by Mehmet C. Oz and Michael F. Roizen
- The omnivore’s dilemma: a natural history of four meals by Michael Pollan