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The Body: A Guide for Occupants (edição 2019)

por Bill Bryson (Autor)

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One of The Washington Post's 50 Most Notable Works of Nonfiction 2019 Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.… (mais)
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Título:The Body: A Guide for Occupants
Autores:Bill Bryson (Autor)
Informação:Doubleday (2019), Edition: 1, 464 pages
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I really choose the wrong time to read this book. Its not the best read in the midst of the epidemic. I think I now have 278 viruses that I never knew I had before. Scary , oh so scary. ( )
  bergs47 | Mar 31, 2021 |
Fascinating and entertaining. A great book to listen to! ( )
  mlhershey | Mar 24, 2021 |
If I'd read this as 13 y/o I would be a doctor right now I think. It really piqued my interest in human physiology and illnesses. ( )
  SGTCat | Feb 25, 2021 |
Bill Bryson takes you on a tour of the human body in The Body: A Gude for Occupants, and as with any book where Bryson is the tour guide you are bound to have a good time along the way.

I am a fan of Bill Bryson's writing. I think I've read all his travel books, and really enjoyed his historical nonfiction book One Summer as well as his A Short History of Everything. Bryson is best known for taking us along with him, experiencing places and things we probably haven't seen, and relating it all with a light touch and a great sense of humor.

So, what's up with this topic? Is The Body really as Science-y a Science Book as it sounds?

The answer of course is No. It's still a Bill Bryson book. Here, Bryson takes us chapter by chapter through various organs and systems of the human body while telling stories with his usual Bryson humor, about the doctors and scientists (and sometimes laymen) who discovered this or that. And also reminding us often enough that the answer to why some bodily thing works the way it does is that "No one really knows for sure".

It's a light, fun, interesting read that goes by quickly. If you're a Bryson fan you'll enjoy it. And if you're not a Bryson fan, well why not? Pick up this book to see what you've been missing... ( )
  stevrbee | Feb 7, 2021 |
A remarkable book for its information and for the method with which Bill Bryson presents it. Much of the information he discusses is anything but funny; however, Bryson has a talent for making anatomical facts both interesting and thought provoking. He mixes historical anecdotes which enhance the information and make the reading easier than an anatomy textbook. This is the third Bryson book I’ve read, and I never cease to be amazed by the breadth of talent he possesses. On top of that, he’s a really good writer. ( )
  DanDiercks | Jan 20, 2021 |
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"He has waded through a PhD’s worth of articles, interviewed a score of physicians and biologists, read a library of books, and had a great deal of fun along the way. There’s a formula at work – the prose motors gleefully along, a finely tuned engine running on jokes, factoids and biographical interludes."
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One of The Washington Post's 50 Most Notable Works of Nonfiction 2019 Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.

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