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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers


This book tells you everything you ever wanted to know about what happens to bodies after they die. From a plastic surgeon's convention, where the ... Show synopsis

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Reviews of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Overall customer rating: 4.667
Dean S

Bought Three Copies

by Dean S on Jul 19, 2013

I picked up one for my daughter, who works in a hospital, one for myself, and one for a friend. The friend finished it first and was a bit grossed out by the last few chapters. It is a grim topic, but handled with Mary Roach's arch humor. She holds her own with John Steward and Steven Colbert.


surprisingly entertaining

by words1 on Oct 28, 2010

This is a fascinating and well written book about a subject one would not think to be fascinating. The book is very respectful of the dead but amusingly entertaining about the subject as a whole. It is also a very informative book.



by Chiroptera on Sep 24, 2009

What more can I say? Whether you've been struck with a morbid curiosity for the fate of corpses or a writer doing research on the effects of death on a body, you'll find just as much insight into the living as you will into the dead in this well-researched book.


Hilarious yet Informative!

by Tammy2 on Feb 2, 2009

Mary Roach is such a great author. I've also read her other book, Spook, about what happens when we die, spiritually. She's hilarious, I found myself literally laughing out loud while reading this book. Not only is she funny, but very, very informative. The book gives us an in-depth idea of what would happen to us if we donated our bodies to science and what an impact we can have on the future of it. Cadavers are used for so much more than we can think of! I strongly recommend this book, Mary Roach won't dissappoint you.


Humor & Mayhem

by tbattey on Jan 29, 2009

This book held my interest thru the reading & had a good amount of humor in it. I recommend this book for a good read and something to put you in a good mood.

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Can anyone recommend other Mary Roach books?

I thought this book was hilarious and totally entertaining--not exactly what you'd expect from a book about cadavers. Of course, it was really interesting and informative too. Can anyone recommend other books by this funny author?

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