Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

by mary roach | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0393324826 Global Overview for this book
Registered by shaunesay of Olathe, Kansas USA on 3/21/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by shaunesay from Olathe, Kansas USA on Tuesday, March 21, 2006
At first this one creeped me out, but so many people have it on their wishlists that when I saw a copy in the booknook I had to snag it! Now that I read the back, I think I'll have to give it a try!

Journal Entry 2 by shaunesay from Olathe, Kansas USA on Saturday, August 19, 2006
Going to Giz from the Fortholder's Swap (via M-bag from CdnBlueRose). Enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by CdnBlueRose from Lynden, Washington USA on Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Received today for Giz-Angel's mbag.

Journal Entry 4 by CdnBlueRose from Lynden, Washington USA on Friday, August 25, 2006
Giz-Angel's mbag will set sail for England on Monday August 28!!

Journal Entry 5 by Giz-angel from Greenwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, November 06, 2006
I've been meaning to read this for ages - I do have another copy but it's a HB so I've avoided it LOL too heavy to lump about. Thanks Shauney :-)

Journal Entry 6 by Giz-angel from Greenwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, November 25, 2006
As I've got a copy of this, I thought I'd move this one along.... got to fit some more books in LOL so this is going to Ace from the non fiction swap #2 on Book relay - hope you enjoy it Acey xxxxxx

Journal Entry 7 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, March 11, 2007
received in the mail on Friday. This book was part of a Non-Fiction swap. Thanks for the lovely bookmark, Giz

Journal Entry 8 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, June 07, 2008
I'm borrowing this from my mom to read!

Journal Entry 9 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Roach tackles an interesting subject in writing Stiff, a novel about the use of human cadavers. For those that donate their bodies to science once they die, what becomes of them? How can our lives be bettered by research with the use of cadavers? Roach tackles everything from organ donation to crash test dummies to cannibalism.

There's really only two ways this subject can be approached. Either seriously or with a bit of humour. Though there may be some worry that people could be offended if written with humour, I was happy to see that it had. I enjoyed Roach's sense of humor and her enthusiastic curiosity. She asked questions that I would never dare to ask but was still wondering about in the back of my mind.

Unfortunately, I found this book got a little less interesting as it started to wrap up. Roach seems to stray from subject a bit as the book comes to a close, specifically in the medicinal chapter.

Overall I enjoyed this book and the fact that the subject matter was so different than anything else. There was, however, a bit of overlap between this book and Death's Acre by Bill Bass where Roach talks about the body farm and a case that Bass also talked about in his book.

Journal Entry 10 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, June 19, 2008
This book is back with me!!

Journal Entry 11 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, September 05, 2008
This is a very different book. It deals with the subject of cadavers. What happens to you when you are dead? If you donate your body, what happens then? Anything having to deal with cadavers is talked about.

I was interested to see that the Body farm in Tennessee was discussed. I have read all of Bill Blass's books with interest and this just provided an added dimension.

Roach touches upon everything including cannibalism and differing methods of funeral arrangements. It is all done with a sense of humour. Without the humor it would have been as stale as days old bread. She asks the questions no one would have the nerve to ask. Also along the way she gets yourself into 'trouble' trying to follow up on some myths. Roach seems to take a verboten subject and make it interesting.

I lost interest towards the end. If the book had ended about 50 pages sooner or the chapter on a greener type of 'burial' were skipped, I would have been happier.

Journal Entry 12 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, September 18, 2008
mailed today to Cherryprincess in trade

Journal Entry 13 by faerie_queene at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, November 19, 2011
I found this in a charity shop.

I enjoyed this book very much, it's very detailed and graphic about everything you could ever wish to know about the death and decay of the human body. Not for the squeemish and light hearted but fans of shows such as CSI and Criminal Minds should enjoy this book.

As other members have mentioned, this book goes on to talk about cadavers and what really happens if you donate your body to science or for medical purposes. Aproached with humour to overcome the emotional side of dealing with the reality I found this book to be written very well to help the readers undersand the day in, day out procedures of those who deal daily with the dead.

Journal Entry 14 by faerie_queene at RABCK, RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Sending as an RABCK. I hope you enjoy this book.

Journal Entry 15 by rem_KQI-811293 at Yuma, Arizona USA on Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Thanks so much for sending the book all this way! I look forward to reading it.

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