Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach

This book may have been the one book I was looking most forward to reading this year in book club! I have a tendency to get very excited about certain things and more often than not, I am disappointed. However, this was NOT one of those times!!

Mary Roach does a brilliant job of combining science, mortality, and humor as she delves into the ‘curious lives of human cadavers.’ It took a little while to realize that it is in fact, ok, to find humor in the human cadaver and even death (at times) but once I accepted the ridiculousness of it all, I thoroughly enjoyed Roach’s approach, writing, and dare I say…subject matter! 😉 

The members of my book club found the book entertaining, informative, and thought provoking and our conversations ran the gamut from hilarious to serious to tear-jerking. That being said, this book is perhaps, not for everyone. It deals with life, death, and human bodies in a matter-of-fact, scientific, and humorous manner which some folks may find disrespectful and/or flippant. While I most certainly did not feel this way about the book and found Roach’s candor and humor  refreshing and can understand that others may feel differently about her approach to this oftentimes taboo topic. 

If you are scientifically curious, like a little off-beat humor, or simply want to learn about ‘the curious lives of human cadavers,’ I highly recommend this book! Enjoy! 

Read on my friends!

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