Thursday, 22 May 2014

From the Review Pile (93)

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.
The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or if you don't receive review books, any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.

I know that a lot of you have a huge pile of books that you want to read/review, but it understandably takes a while to get around to reading them all - here you can give a book (or two!) some of the publicity that it deserves, even if you haven't read it yet!


This week, I'm going to showcase Stiff!
I have made what some people will probably find quite a strange, and maybe even slightly controversial choice this week. Stiff is a book that I bought quite a while back but haven't got around to reading yet. I don't read all that much non-fiction, but as soon as I heard about this book, I had to grab a copy as there's just something so fascinating about it. I'd shamefully forgotten about it until it was mentioned on a TV programme this week, which piqued my interest again. I'll have to pick this one up soon!

Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Paperback, 304 pages

Published 1st July 2004 by Penguin Books

What happens to your body after you have died? Fertilizer? Crash Test Dummy? Human Dumpling? Ballistics Practise? 

Life after death is not as simple as it looks. Mary Roach's Stiff lifts the lid off what happens to our bodies once we have died. Bold, original and with a delightful eye for detail, Roach tells us everything we wanted to know about this new frontier in medical science. Interweaving present-day explorations with a history of past attempts to study what it means to be human Stiff is a deliciously dark investigations for readers of popular science as well as fans of the macabre.


  1. Certainly an unusual subject but relevant nonetheless.

  2. Hey, I'm Wendy! I have looked at your blog and read some of your posts: they are awesome. I'm currently a newbie in the book community and was wondering if you'd like to check out my blog! Thanks a ton for your time. :)

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