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Stiff by Mary Roach

Each month our staff picks additional recommendations based on our Dandy Roll Book Club pick. We're recommending Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers for those of our members who would like to read a quirky and comedic non-fiction book based on our April pick, Mozart's Starling by Lyanda Lynn Haupt.

If you're a fan of the quirks and comedy of Mozart's Starling, try a Mary Roach book. The most notable of her titles is Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Roach takes on a taboo topic and wades through its trenches as an outsider. Roach brings an extremely compelling and relatable voice to subjects that no one really talks about, but everyone is interested in. Sometimes gruesome, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, Stiff will stave off your morbid curiosity and make you consider things that you'd never previously imagined. It's also a great pick for audiobook lovers!

"One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year....Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting."―Entertainment Weekly

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. 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.

  • Paperback, 303 pages
  • W.W. Norton and Company, 2004