Mary Roach


Have you ever had the thought when you’re reading something scientific, perhaps about the human body, that there’s a lot more do it? Maybe a lot of thing get left out because they’re considered a little gross or make people uncomfortable. Well, there’s one woman who has no problem going where no one else will. 

From that fascination she creates books that are equally fascinating and certainly unique. Mary Roach is the author of books like “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers;” “Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex;” and “Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife.”

In her latest book, she’s taking you on a journey inside your body. It’s called “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.”

Mary explains why she’s drawn to the “icky and taboo topics,” calling herself the “bottom feeder of nonfiction.” Find out how her research for “Gulp” took her from a radiology lab to compare competitive eaters to regular eaters to a food valley in the Netherlands. Also, could a creature survive in another creature’s stomach? What does it take for a stomach to burst? She explains.