May 18, 2021

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers review written by Mary Roach

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers―some willingly, some unwittingly―have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Authors of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Mary Roach is the author of five best-selling works of nonfiction, most recently Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. Her writing has appeared in OutsideNational Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications.

Mary Roach is the author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.

Product details of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

  • Book Name: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
  • Authors: Mary Roach
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (May 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0393324826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393324822
  • Lexile measure: 1230L
  • Item Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Best Sellers Rank: #9,874 in Books
    • #1 in Forensic Medicine (Books)
    • #7 in Medical Research (Books)
    • #18 in Medical Anatomy


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Best Reviews

This book certainly opened my eyes as to previous medical methods + research techniques on both humans and sadly animals alike. It's encouraging to suggest alternative methods of body disposable instead of traditional burial or cremation, especially if you can become fertilizer and assist in the growth of a plant or tree after death. In fact, I've love the idea because you're helping the planet after your demise, what a superb idea. The author is also very funny I found myself laughing out loud in numerous places throughout the book.

Andrea Wilkie

This book would not be for everyone's taste. That said we all will pass. This book explains the processes that happen when that happens. Morbid, is not a word I would use to describe the tune of this rather I would use informative. Certainly I would suggest it would help anyone that is naturally worries about the process in passing. For that reason I recommend this book.

Devere Wolfe

This is one of the first non fiction books I have read outside of University studies (I study history so this might be a surprising choice of book) but I have to say I was enthralled throughout. While possibly a little out of date now (I am reading this in 2017), this book made me really consider my own approach to death. Incredibly, considering the subject matter, I laughed many times at the wit of the author, and repeatedly exclaimed in astonishment at some of the things I learned. I would thoroughly recommend to anyone who has the slightest interest in the macabre.

Jessica Ellis

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