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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

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Stiff 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. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries--from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors' conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

Author: Mary Roach
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 04/17/2003
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.08lbs
Size: 8.47h x 5.94w x 1.12d
ISBN: 9780393050936

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 9.4
Point Value: 16
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 77823 / Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Award: Garden State Teen Book Award - Winner
Award: Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers - Nominee
Award: Tayshas Reading - Commended
Award: Alex Awards - Winner
Award: Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award - Nominee
Award: Green Mountain Book Award - Nominee

About the Author
Roach, Mary: - Mary Roach is the author of five best-selling works of nonfiction, including Grunt, Stiff, and, most recently, Fuzz. Her writing has appeared in National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. She lives in Oakland, California.