Every once in awhile, I read a book that I have not already seen on the Cannonball blog, and I get excited that I can be the first one to review it. Invariably, though, I pick up the book too late or read the book too slowly, and a couple days before I finish, someone else has already reviewed my book. I thought I had a good chance with Gulp (2013) by Mary Roach because it’s so new, but I guess if I really wanted to be first I should have bought the book instead of sitting on the library’s wait list.
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal is Roach’s latest book, and it’s all about the digestive system. Now, the digestive system is a little less flashy than sex and death and not of immediate interest to me. This was definitely a book I picked up because of the author and not the subject. It is a testament to her humor and writing that I enjoyed it. Roach could find something interesting and humorous in a lemon sitting on a table, and although I wasn’t quite as enthralled as I have been with some of her earlier books, I enjoyed reading it.
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