Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach
Death is as much a part of being human as life, but what happens to our bodies after we die is an oft avoided subject. So in case you ever wanted to know the various stages of body decomposition, the history of rogue anatomists turned gravediggers, the many avenues of research that require human limbs and tissues, as well as the future of body disposal (we’re way past embalming and cremation guys, it’s time for liquid dissolution and ecological dispersal!), this is the book for you.
4 out of 5 stars: Some tangents went on a bit too long, and some bits left me wanting to know more – but all in all, solid patchwork of topics that don’t get a lot of airtime.