Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers


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.

Title:Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages

    Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Reviews

  • Dan Schwent
    Jan 23, 2012

    Mary Roach writes about what happens when you donate your body to science. Hilarity ensues. Well, maybe not hilarity but it is a good dose of edutainment.Way back around the time the earth's crust coo...

  • Trevor
    Oct 25, 2008

    If you can’t cope with the idea of death without a hearty dose of euphemism – this probably isn’t going to be the book for you.When I became an archivist at the City of Melbourne a very dear fri...

  • Tung
    Jul 24, 2016

    In my nonfiction phase during the year, I grabbed this one and after finishing it, regretted its purchase. The book is about medical use of corpses and the human body, present-day and in the past. The...

  • Kemper
    Mar 10, 2011

    Mary Roach details a lot of uses for human cadavers in this book, but she missed a major one. As Weekend At Bernies taught us, you can always use the corpse of your boss to scam your way into a free w...

  • Matthew
    Jan 06, 2017

    First read of 2017 complete! It was a good one - 4.5 stars.Who knew that a book about what happens to our bodies after we die could be so interesting. This book covers everything to the horrific to th...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    May 06, 2015

    Find all of my reviews at: “Cadavers are our superheroes: They brave fire without flinching, withstand falls from tall buildings and head-on car crashes into walls...

  • Lissa
    Sep 26, 2007

    I bought this book when I first taught my class that has a foresnic anthropology component. I thought I could pick out a chapter of this book to assign to them, and it would be a nice, informative, la...

  • Becky
    Sep 10, 2015

    There was not a single zombie in this whole book!!Mary Roach writes books about some interesting topics. This is the one that most interested me, though on finishing I realized that I also had "Packin...

  • Will Byrnes
    Oct 06, 2016

    Laugh out loud funny is the way to go if you want to learn more than you realized might be worth knowing about dead bodies. It made me interested in finding out what else Roach has written.And here ar...

  • Erica
    Mar 28, 2016

    I really ought to have read this sooner. I'm not sure what happened and why it took me so long to get this information into my brain.This is a book about what happens to dead bodies. It's an older tit...

About Mary Roach

Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, PACKING FOR MARS: The Curious Science of Life in the Void; and BONK: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. Her most recent book, GRUNT: The Curious Science of Humans at War, is out in June 2016. Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, Discover