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Books, Movies, and TV: books by Mary Roach- Spook, Stiff- nonfiction

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 23, 2007
3:33 PM

Post #4114509

Very interesting well researched books that are very funny along the way.
Spook explores research into proving or disproving the afterlife. Stiff describes various fates of human corpses.
kniphofia
Morpeth
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

October 23, 2007
3:58 PM

Post #4114588

I read Stiff a while ago and found it absolutely fascinating! I'll look out for the other book.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

October 23, 2007
4:00 PM

Post #4114595

you'll like it as much I promise.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

November 12, 2007
5:01 AM

Post #4184388

I have them both and liked them as well. I have TONS of books like these. Some of the best are Dead Men Do Tell Tales, Written In Bones and Death's Acre. I'd have to go downstairs to get the authors and I'm not up to that right now. They aren't as amusing as mary Roaches but very informative and tell you just how much people care about discovering the truth behind a murder or death in general.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2007
1:26 AM

Post #4187102

Another interesting book on medical stuff was-well I don't exactly remember the title. Like Honey, Mud, Maggots, maybe. Well, it went in depth on some traditional healing methods, like honey or sugar as antibacterial, whether dog's licking wounds could be helpful, leeches of course, maggots, saunas or hot baths... It was interesting.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

November 13, 2007
5:22 AM

Post #4187840

See if you can find the title, Sally. I'd love to read it. There is another one I have called Corpse.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2007
2:52 PM

Post #4188607

615.88 R 1997

Honey, mud, maggots, and other medical marvels : the science behind folk remedies and old wives' tales
Root-Bernstein, Robert Scott.
Voila! the power of the interenet. The listing from my library. I can't beleive my brain retained that and loses lots of more relvant things...
Sounds like you and I could talk weird gross stuff all day, kwanjin!

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

November 13, 2007
5:46 PM

Post #4189169

Sure thing, Sally! DH gets grossed out when I watch the autopsy shows on TV during dinner. There's no one I know around here that is as fascinated by this stuff as I am. And my brain retains the funniest things, too, so don't feel like the only one! LOL
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 29, 2007
11:08 PM

Post #4244227

Oh, I love Mary Roach's writing! She writes with respect, but is also funny enough she makes me laugh aloud as I'm reading. She's great. I'll have to check out the others you've mentioned in this thread; forensics is something which interests me.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

November 29, 2007
11:11 PM

Post #4244234

This is funny because I was just thinking about this thread this morning. I just received a book in the mail. Forensic Detective by Robert Mann. He workd on identifying some of the young men in the Dahmer case.

I agree about Mary Roach. Touching and funny.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 30, 2007
12:29 AM

Post #4244513

Re Dahmer- I was at the library once , in fiction, just browsing, picked out a book by Joyce Carol Oates. Thought' isn't she well known? this oughta be good" Well. it was a fictional first person account by a Dahmer type person. Skillful in that she could write like that but horrible, gruesome details.
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 30, 2007
4:34 AM

Post #4245594

Dean Koontz has a knack for getting inside villains' heads, too. He's not a forensics guy, but I thought I'd chime in. Love his characterizations and dialogue, too.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

November 30, 2007
4:38 AM

Post #4245606

Might have to check that one out, Sally. What was the title?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 30, 2007
4:09 PM

Post #4246686

gee, sorry I don't remember. I could try to search the library site, I'll get back to you on that.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

November 30, 2007
5:12 PM

Post #4246895

Don't go to the trouble. I can check it out. Thank you, though.
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

December 1, 2007
1:15 AM

Post #4248637

Amazon.com lists a boatload of titles by that author. She has novels, plus short stories included in various anthologies. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/002-7825718-1356804?_encoding=UTF8&search-type=ss&index=books&field-author=Joyce Carol Oates

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

December 1, 2007
1:29 AM

Post #4248692

Sally, was it one of these?

http://jco.usfca.edu/works/novels/index.html

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 1, 2007
2:49 AM

Post #4248963

Just not ringing any bells . I'm going to try the library site.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

December 1, 2007
2:55 AM

Post #4248977

http://ibistro.aacpl.net/uhtbin/cgisirsi/Fc20kqC7V0/ANN/222460033/9

Try that. It is Zombie

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

December 1, 2007
5:06 AM

Post #4249366

Looks pretty good. I like JKO. I also might have to check out The Zombie Survival Guide. complete protection from the living dead. LOL

I have another sort of related. The Field Guide To Demons. Much fun to be had there.

This message was edited Nov 30, 2007 10:06 PM
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 13, 2008
7:16 AM

Post #4800805

Hey there sally! Good to see you again.

Just wanted to let everyone know that Mary Roach has a new book out caled "Bonk" which explores sexuality. If you have read "Spook" and "Stiff", you can imagine that this one will be a hit!

Sally, I have some forensics books if you want to borrow them. I can media mail them to you.
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

April 13, 2008
10:38 AM

Post #4800912

Thanks for posting about it - I'll put in a request at the library!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 14, 2008
1:07 AM

Post #4804450

gee jlp222- that's a nice offer. I ofund the 'body farm' part of Stiff fascinating, had read some of that forensic stuff in fiction (Sue Grafton maybe?) . But I would want to return the favor some way, but how?
Can't wait to read Bonk, but with kids in the house...have to disguise it I guess!
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 14, 2008
1:36 AM

Post #4804631

Here is what I have if you are interested:

Discecting Death - David Carroll and Frederick Zugibe
The Second Murder 2 Casebook of Forensics Detection - Colin Evans
The Anatomy of Motive - John McDougalas and Mark Olshaker

Let me know if you are interested in borrowing any of them.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 16, 2008
3:34 AM

Post #4815669

again-so nice o you to offer- I'm going on a trip next week and really should be planning and packing- maybe in a few weeks I could get back to you on that?
jlp222
Hammond, LA
(Zone 8b)

April 16, 2008
4:24 AM

Post #4815809

Sure, just let me know.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 2, 2011
12:41 AM

Post #8287682

She's got a new one!!!! Packing for mars: (the curious science of life in space (or something like that)) its as funny or more than Spook and Stiff. and informative.
(thanks to my sister for the Xmas gift!)

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2011
9:06 AM

Post #8288126

Oh, oh, OOOOOOOOOOOOH!!!! Gotta get that one!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 2, 2011
9:37 AM

Post #8288183

Hey, hi! I thought I'd see ya when you heard this! It is great.

kwanjin

kwanjin
West Valley City, UT
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2011
9:40 AM

Post #8288189

Thanks for letting us know about it and thanks to your sister!
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 5, 2011
12:30 PM

Post #8293896

I loved Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex had me transfixed. She's terrificly funny with a scientist's curious mind. Love her!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 5, 2011
8:23 PM

Post #8294677

gardenwife, I agree. You have to read 'Spook' and 'Stiff', too

I bet she even has a website. I think she gets in Readers Digest at times.

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