Stiff : The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Paperback Book

Stiff : The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Paperback

4 out of 5 (18 ratings)


What happens to your body after you have died? Fertilizer? Crash Test Dummy? Human Dumpling? Ballistics Practise?Life after death is not as simple as it looks.

Mary Roach's Stiff lifts the lid off what happens to our bodies once we have died. Bold, original and with a delightful eye for detail, Roach tells us everything we wanted to know about this new frontier in medical science.

Interweaving present-day explorations with a history of past attempts to study what it means to be human Stiff is a deliciously dark investigations for readers of popular science as well as fans of the macabre


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Anatomy
  • ISBN: 9780141007458

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A very pleasant if somewhat gory-by-nature journey through the lives of cadavers. I found the first chapter the toughest to get through and some of the details a bit more than I could handle, but then again, I knew what I was getting into. A very good book overall, not preachy and surprisingly candid both in the subject and how the subject matter affected her and those around her. I think she handled it quite respectfully with just enough humor to get queasy folks like me through it.It definitely isn't a book to be read over dinner, but it does make you appreciate the gift of organ donation and body donation. Puts that little check box marked Organ Donor in a great perspective, even if I wouldn't wanna be the guy in the jogging suit or out in the field.I can't wait to read her next book, even if I lose 5lbs while reading it. :)

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Mary Roach is a darkly humored gal. She made me cringe and laugh, almost simultaneously!

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am getting cremated after readding this one.

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This was a fun, fast read, on one of my most cherished morbid topics. I enjoyed the chapter where the author visits the body-decaying farm. I could only imagine my own reaction!Great that it touches on the environment, and our strange vanities about being buried...I want to be freeze dried and composted, thanks very much :)

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A much more engaging novel than Roach's later book, Spook. This nonfiction title's look at the afterlives of the dead is both revolting and grossly entertaining.

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