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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Author: Mary Roach
"One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year....Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting."—Entertainment Weekly Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780393324822
ISBN-10: 0393324826
Publication Date: 5/2004
Pages: 304
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Publisher: W. W. Norton Company
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 12
I rarely read non-fiction, but the cover of this book grabbed me. Boy, am I glad I picked it up! Filled with tons of facts about the uses of cadavers, many of which I'd never considered (crash-test dummies, police training, fertilizer), the book's footnotes are not to be missed.

Terrifically funny without being irreverent, Mary Roach has written an informative book that got me thinking about what I want done with my body after death.

Not to mention the best line, ever, in a book: "Well, do me chicken."
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Helpful Score: 11
THIS ISN'T FOR EVERYONE
After long admiring Ms. Roach's contributions to Reader's Digest, I read this book. Although the subject matter is unusual and might well be distasteful to many, she handles it with dignity and, if you can believe, much good humor. If you've ever been curious about all things dead, this is the book for you. Consider it the ultimate recycling idea. Chances are you'll never attend another wake without thinking about the stories in this book.
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Helpful Score: 7
When the living stop living, what happens to what's left over? From funerary procedures, to medical teaching aid, to odd science experiments done in the name of education, to preventing future deaths, to being eaten... this pop-sci journey is a quick read, easy to understand, and takes away the mysteries and ignorances of what's done with cadavers.
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Helpful Score: 6
Fantastic look at a topic not "fit for polite conversation"...what happens to our bodies after death. The author's humorous (but not disrespectful) tone makes the material, although off-putting, engaging. I thought it was fascinating and funny!
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Helpful Score: 5
Oh, I enjoyed this book, and now want to will by body somewhere fun. Although I expected more of the book to be about where cadavers go, most of the book was about how different body parts have been used for different tests over time, including trying to prove if the Shroud of Turin was real, and different ways to inter oneself after passing. It made me be very thankful to those who have willed their bodies in the past for the safety changes that have been made because of them.
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I was quite interested in this book and it lived up to my expectations. Each chapter was about the different ways that cadavers, (bodies that have been donated) are used. Of course for medical students, but so many ways that I never thought of. For the Body Farm in Tennessee, for testing ammo, for car crashes etc. The reason I was so interested was because both my parents donated their bodies to medical universities. It was well written and even had some humorous parts. Not as morbid as you would think.
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I wasn't sure if I would like this book, but I found it very compelling. It was the first book in months that I found myself unable to put down. What could have been a gruesome book was instead made interesting by the author's respectful yet humorous approach.

I highly recommend this book!
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A wonderfully morbid, comedic read.


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