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Roach, Mary

Overview
Works: 85 works in 436 publications in 10 languages and 22,608 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Creative nonfiction  History  Humor  Essays  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Mary Roach
Stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers by Mary Roach( Book )

31 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and Thai and held by 3,911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look inside the world of forensics examines the use of human cadavers in a wide range of endeavors, including research into new surgical procedures, space exploration, and a Tennessee human decay research facility
Gulp : adventures on the alimentary canal by Mary Roach( Book )

26 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 3,055 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is an exploration of human digestion. Few of us realize what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. In her trademark style, the author investigates the beginning, and end, of our food, addressing such questions as: why crunchy food is so appealing, why it is hard to find words for flavors and smells, why the stomach doesn't digest itself, how much we can eat before our stomachs burst, and whether constipation killed Elvis. Here we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of, or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal
Grunt : the curious science of humans at war by Mary Roach( Book )

20 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 2,742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Grunt' tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries--panic, exhaustion, heat, noise--and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you'll never see our nation's defenders in the same way again
Packing for Mars : the curious science of life in the void by Mary Roach( Book )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Roach explores the strange universe of space travel and life without gravity. Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can't walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of bizarre space simulations. As the author discovers, it's possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA's new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), she takes us on a surreally trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth
Spook : science tackles the afterlife by Mary Roach( Book )

29 editions published between 1901 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 2,296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that, the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my lap-top?" In an attempt to find out, the author brings her curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences. Along the way, she enrolls in an English medium school, gets electromagnetically haunted at a university in Ontario, and visits a Duke University professor with a plan to weigh the consciousness of a leech. Her historical wanderings unearth soul-seeking philosophers who rummaged through cadavers and calves' heads, a North Carolina lawsuit that established legal precedence for ghosts, and the last surviving sample of "ectoplasm" in a Cambridge University archive
Bonk : the curious coupling of science and sex by Mary Roach( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study of sexual physiology, what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better, has been a paying career or a diverting sideline for scientists as far-ranging as Leonardo da Vinci and James Watson. The research has taken place behind the closed doors of laboratories, brothels, MRI centers, pig farms, sex-toy R & D labs, and Alfred Kinsey's attic. The author devoted the past two years to stepping behind those doors. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Why doesn't Viagra help women, or, for that matter, pandas? In this book she shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to slowly make the bedroom a more satisfying place
Packing for Mars : the curious science of life in the void by Mary Roach( Recording )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? As Mary Roach discovers, it's possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the Space Shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA's new space capsule, (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth
Stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers by Mary Roach( Recording )

33 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look inside the world of forensics examines the use of human cadavers in a wide range of endeavors, including research into new surgical procedures, space exploration, and a Tennessee human decay research facility
Grunt : the curious science of humans at war by Mary Roach( Recording )

13 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Roach explores the science of keeping human beings intact, awake, sane, uninfected, and uninfested in the bizarre and extreme circumstances of war
Gulp : adventures on the alimentary canal by Mary Roach( Recording )

25 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of; or has the courage to ask
Bonk : the curious coupling of science and sex by Mary Roach( Recording )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roach explores how and why sexual arousal and orgasm is difficult, and presents what scientific efforts are being made to make the bedroom experience more satisfying
Spook : [science tackles the afterlife] by Mary Roach( Recording )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that-- the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my laptop?" In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences. Along the way, she enrolls in an English medium school, gets electromagnetically haunted at a university in Ontario, and visits a Duke University professor with a plan to weigh the consciousness of a leech. Her historical wanderings unearth soul-seeking philosophers who rummaged through cadavers and calves' heads, a North Carolina lawsuit that established legal precedence for ghosts, and the last surviving sample of "ectoplasm" in a Cambridge University archive"--Publisher's web site
The best American science and nature writing 2011( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a collection of the year's best essays written by American authors that discuss topics in science and nature
My planet : finding humor in the oddest places by Mary Roach( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roach takes a magnifying glass to everyday life, exposing moments of hilarity in the mundane and revealing amusing musings about marriage, automated customer service, and mazelike bargain stories
Bonk : the curious coupling of sex and science by Mary Roach( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Can a woman think herself to orgasm? Is your penis three inches longer than you think? Why doesn't Viagra help women - or, for that matter, pandas? Does orgasm boost fertility? Or cure hiccups?" "The study of sexual physiology - what happens, and why, and how to make it happen better - has been taking place behind closed doors for many hundreds of years. In this book, Mary Roach steps inside laboratories, brothels, pig farms, sex-toy R & D labs - even Alfred Kinsey's attic - to tell us everything we wanted to know about sex, and a lot we'd never even thought to ask."--Jacket
My planet : finding humor in the oddest places by Mary Roach( Recording )

6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roach takes a magnifying glass to everyday life, exposing moments of hilarity in the mundane and revealing amusing musings about marriage, automated customer service, and mazelike bargain stores
Six feet over : adventures in the afterlife by Mary Roach( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Packing for Mars : the curious science of life in space by Mary Roach( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Space is devoid of the stuff humans need to live: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh veg, privacy, beer. How much can a person give up? What happens when you can't walk for a year? Is sex any fun in zero gravity? As Mary Roach discovers, it's possible to explore space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a 17,000-mile-per-hour crash test of NASA's space capsule, she takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of living in space
Yi qi gao ba! ke xue yu xing de qi yi jiao pei by Mary Roach( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A New York Times Bestseller "Rich in dexterous innuendo, laugh-out-loud humor and illuminating fact. It's compulsively readable."?Los Angeles Times Book Review In?Bonk,?the best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Why doesn't Viagra help women-or, for that matter, pandas? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Mary Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm-two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth-can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place
Glup : aventuras en un canal alimentario by Mary Roach( )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this international bestseller, Mary Roach breaks bread with spit connoisseurs, beer and pet-food tasters, stomach slugs, potato crisp engineers, enema exorcists, rectum-examining prison guards, competitive hot dog eaters, Elvis' doctor, and many more as she investigates the beginning, and the end, of our food
 
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Alternative Names
Mary Roach Amerikaans medisch schrijfster

Mary Roach Amerikaans medisch schrijver

Mary Roach dziennikarka amerykańska

Mary Roach scrittrice e divulgatrice scientifica statunitense

Mary Roach US-amerikanische Kolumnistin und Autorin

Mary Roachová

Roach M.

Мэри Роуч

ماری روچ

مری روچ

로취, 메리

로치, 메리

메리 로치

メアリー・ローチ

ローチ, メアリー

瑪麗·羅區

Languages
English (275)

Chinese (13)

Polish (10)

Italian (5)

Spanish (4)

Dutch (4)

Russian (3)

German (2)

Thai (2)

Korean (1)