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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by mary roach | Nonfiction
Registered by KidZero of Columbus, Ohio USA on 11/29/2004
Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by s0unds4il0r): to be read

3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by KidZero from Columbus, Ohio USA on Monday, November 29, 2004

9 out of 10

Wounderfully compelling and strange. I loved every chapter and learned a few things in the process. Excellent read for anyone interested in biology, death, or the human body. Not graphic in its depictions, but not for the faint of heart (or stomach) either. The jokes are tasteful without suger-coating the subject. The author asks all the questions you know you would ask if you could and delivers the answers with an irrevant wit. 

Journal Entry 2 by editorgrrl from New Haven, Connecticut USA on Monday, January 31, 2005

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From Publishers Weekly
"Uproariously funny" doesn't seem a likely description for a book on cadavers. However, Roach, a Salon and Reader's Digest columnist, has done the nearly impossible and written a book as informative and respectful as it is irreverent and witty. From her opening lines ("The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back"), it is clear that she's taking a unique approach to issues surrounding death. Roach delves into the many productive uses to which cadavers have been put, from medical experimentation to applications in transportation safety research (in a chapter archly called "Dead Man Driving") to work by forensic scientists quantifying rates of decay under a wide array of bizarre circumstances. There are also chapters on cannibalism, including an aside on dumplings allegedly filled with human remains from a Chinese crematorium, methods of disposal (burial, cremation, composting) and "beating-heart" cadavers used in organ transplants. Roach has a fabulous eye and a wonderful voice as she describes such macabre situations as a plastic surgery seminar with doctors practicing face-lifts on decapitated human heads and her trip to China in search of the cannibalistic dumpling makers. Even Roach's digressions and footnotes are captivating, helping to make the book impossible to put down. 

Journal Entry 3 by editorgrrl from New Haven, Connecticut USA on Friday, October 28, 2005

9 out of 10

I really liked this book, although it's far different from my usual reading matter -- chick lit. I can't remember the last time I read a book with a bibliography. (Does Sarah Vowell's Assassination Vacation have one? Because I've got a copy sitting on Mt. TBR.)

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Journal Entry 4 by editorgrrl at newspaper box (see release notes for details) in New Haven, Connecticut USA on Friday, October 28, 2005

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Released 12 yrs ago (10/28/2005 UTC) at newspaper box (see release notes for details) in New Haven, Connecticut USA


Left in a New Haven Advocate newspaper box on the corner of York Street and South Frontage Road--one block north of the 20 York St. entrance to Yale-New Haven Hospital, but on the opposite side of the street. Click here for a map.

To donate your body to the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine, visit I couldn't find any information online about donating your body to the Yale School of Medicine.

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Journal Entry 5 by s0unds4il0r from New Haven, Connecticut USA on Friday, October 28, 2005

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Caught today at 4:30 on 10/28/05. I'm gonna read this over the weekend and then i'll think of a good place to release it! my first catch! 

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