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Mary Roach was born and raised in Etna, New Hampshire. She has a BA degree in psychology from Wesleyan University. She spent a few years as a free-lance copy editor before she landed a job at the San Francisco Zoological Society turning out press releases. She then moved on to write humor pieces mostrar mais for such periodicals as The New York Times Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle and Sports Illustrated. Her article "How to Win at Germ Warfare" was a National Magazine Award Finalist, in 1995. In 1996, her article on earthquake-proof bamboo houses took the Engineering Journalism Award. She published several books such as Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003) and Packing for Mars (2010). Mary's title Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, made the New York Times Bestseller list in 2016. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Associated Works

Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed (2011) — Prefácio — 250 exemplares
Japan: True Stories of Life on the Road (1998) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave (2007) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors (2014) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares


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Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
Locais de residência
Etna, New Hampshire, USA
San Francisco, California, USA
Alameda, California, USA
Oakland, California, USA
Wesleyan University (BA ∙ psychology ∙ 1981)
Hanover High School
non-fiction writer
Rachles, Ed (husband)
Reader's Digest
Erin Lovett (publicist)
Jay Mandel (agent)

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Mary Roach grew up in a small house in Etna, New Hampshire. She graduated from Wesleyan in 1981, and then moved out to San Francisco s. She spent a few years working as a freelance copy editor before landing a half-time PR job at the SF Zoo. During that time she wrote freelance articles for the local newspaper's Sunday magazine.

Though she mostly focuses on writing books, she writes the occasional magazine piece. These have run in Outside, National Geographic, New Scientist, Wired, and The New York Times Magazine, as well as many others. A 1995 article of herse called "How to Win at Germ Warfare" was a National Magazine Award Finalist, and in 1996, her article on earthquake-proof bamboo houses took the Engineering Journalism Award in the general interest magazine category. Mary Roach also reviews books for The New York Times.

Her first book, Stiff, was an offshoot of a column she wrote for Salon.com. Her other books include Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, and Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.




I really enjoyed this book. I never believed that a book about death & cadavers could be funny, but the author managed to sneak humor in there along with lots of interesting information. I would definitely recommend this book - except to anyone with a weak stomach.
thatnerd | 451 outras críticas | Mar 2, 2024 |
Grunt is Mary Roach's foray into the world of the armed forces and war-like things and how they relate to the body: sweat, diarrhea, noise, cadavers, flies & maggots, shark attacks, material for uniforms, amputations of limbs & genitals, stink bombs, and the like. Kind of a hodge-podge of items, but that's sort of Mary Roach's m.o. As always, subtle and not-so-subtle humor is thrown in to keep things even more interesting.

This was not particularly my favorite of Roach's books, possibly because the subject matter wasn't as interesting to me. I also think I need to stop reading her books on audio and go for reading in print. I tend to find my mind wandering with non-fiction on audio in general, even though Roach is one of my go-to non-fiction authors. She's one of the best if you like science and like to see how the body responds to certain circumstances and situations, and her research methods are indeed fascinating. But while Grunt is enjoyable, it's not her best.… (mais)
indygo88 | 61 outras críticas | Feb 24, 2024 |
If you have any curiosity for how nature conducts her business, both above board and below.
ben_r47 | 63 outras críticas | Feb 22, 2024 |
Mildly interesting stories about how human kind has tried to rid, tame or displace the world of all kinds of “pests”. These include bears in the US, monkeys in India, rabbits in New Zealand and countless birds. The problem is that animals are smart and quickly re adapt to the threat. Quite often when a vacuum is created through killing or displacement, another “pest” can move, creating the same problem.
I found the chapters repetitive and skimmed through many.
MaggieFlo | 63 outras críticas | Feb 19, 2024 |



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