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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers was possibly one of the only NF books I actually enjoyed reading. Parts were LOL funny, parts were sad and freaky, but the entire book was a lesson in the history of cadavers, the need for them and what people have done to get their hands on them (for medical training, don't be gross!).With chapters like these: A Head is a Terrible Thing to Waste, Dead Man Driving, The Cadaver Who Joined the Army, How to Know if You're Dead, Just a Head and Eat Me you know you're in for a treat. One of the most "interesting" things I learned: The brain is one of the first organs to dissolve ... "It just pours out the ears and bubbles out the mouth." Niiiicccee!Mary Roach's introduction begins with "Death. It doesn't have to be boring." She proves that point over and over again through the book. People normally wouldn't associate "corpses", in the NF sense, with a good read, but she has written a book that is both funny and thought provoking. She's very respectful as she tells us about the uses and disposal of dead bodies. We learn about organ donation, medical students' feelings about their "patients", how corpses are used as crash-test dummies and help solving crimes. On a funny note: My husband was with me when I was listening to part of the audiobook. He just stared at me, so I asked if he'd rather I not listen to it with him in the car. He said, "No, I'm just trying to figure out the story." I told him it is a NF book about cadavers. A few minutes pass and he says, "So, that's it, she's just talking about bodies?" Yep, that's it, just talking about bodies. :)