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Mary Roach was born and raised in Etna, New Hampshire. She has a BA degree in psychology from Wesleyan University. She spent a few years as a free-lance copy editor before she landed a job at the San Francisco Zoological Society turning out press releases. She then moved on to write humor pieces näytä lisää for such periodicals as The New York Times Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle and Sports Illustrated. Her article "How to Win at Germ Warfare" was a National Magazine Award Finalist, in 1995. In 1996, her article on earthquake-proof bamboo houses took the Engineering Journalism Award. She published several books such as Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003) and Packing for Mars (2010). Mary's title Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, made the New York Times Bestseller list in 2016. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Image credit: At TED conference 2009-02-06. Photo by Bill Holsinger-Robinson.

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Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed (2011) — Esipuhe — 244 kappaletta
Japan: True Stories of Life on the Road (1998) — Avustaja — 125 kappaletta
Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave (2007) — Avustaja — 63 kappaletta
Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors (2014) — Avustaja — 28 kappaletta

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Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
Etna, New Hampshire, USA
San Francisco, California, USA
Alameda, California, USA
Oakland, California, USA
Wesleyan University (BA ∙ psychology ∙ 1981)
Hanover High School
non-fiction writer
Rachles, Ed (husband)
Reader's Digest
Erin Lovett (publicist)
Jay Mandel (agent)
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Mary Roach grew up in a small house in Etna, New Hampshire. She graduated from Wesleyan in 1981, and then moved out to San Francisco s. She spent a few years working as a freelance copy editor before landing a half-time PR job at the SF Zoo. During that time she wrote freelance articles for the local newspaper's Sunday magazine.

Though she mostly focuses on writing books, she writes the occasional magazine piece. These have run in Outside, National Geographic, New Scientist, Wired, and The New York Times Magazine, as well as many others. A 1995 article of herse called "How to Win at Germ Warfare" was a National Magazine Award Finalist, and in 1996, her article on earthquake-proof bamboo houses took the Engineering Journalism Award in the general interest magazine category. Mary Roach also reviews books for The New York Times.

Her first book, Stiff, was an offshoot of a column she wrote for Salon.com. Her other books include Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, and Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.




The info is really well delivered - interesting and funny.
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PurplOttr | 216 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 1, 2023 |
I would read a menu written by Mary Roach for a diner that served only breakfast. Her research, combined with a truly memorable dry wit and a lovely writing style, makes everything she writes worth the happy hours you will devote to reading it.
This book is somewhat less focused than some of her others, but I found it fascinating to learn about the ways we humans try to impose a “law” on nature- and about the humans who are charged with enforcing said law. In so many ways it is a completely ridiculous thought. In others, wildlife management is necessary, for their health and ours.
It’s tempting to quote Roach’s Bon mots and footnotes, many of which made me laugh out loud, but that would ruin the pleasure of reading along some fascinating nugget of information only to be slapped upside the head with something so ludicrous it leaves you gasping.
Anyone who even thinks of venturing into the wilds (even the alleyways of Aspen Colorado) should read this book. It will give you a picture of a world you’ve likely never thought about. As after all of Roach’s books, I feel educated, entertained, and just a little sore in the abdomen from giggling.
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Dabble58 | 54 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 11, 2023 |
Love all of Mary Roach’s books that I’ve read thus far. I appreciate her writing style and it meshes well with my brain’s natural process. Learning something new, diving into all the facts, then moving on to the next, slightly adjacent but totally different topic. Perfectly aligned with my current interests: animals, plants, danger, lol. Always lean so much diving into her books!
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Nlandwehr | 54 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 6, 2023 |
This one is really hard for me because I like Mary Roach. The truth i I only read it as far as I did because I liked several of her other books a lot. This book didn't do it for me. I didn't like the way she attacked the subject. I didn't think it was funny, although I think it was trying to be in places. It seemed to have no clear direction on what kind of book it wanted to be. I stopped reading about 60% of the way through. Again if it hadn't been Roach I would have set this one down much earlier. She can write and there were some interesting parts but not enough to keep me going.… (lisätietoja)
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cdaley | 145 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 2, 2023 |



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