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The Body: A Guide for Occupants

de Bill Bryson

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One of The Washington Post's 50 Most Notable Works of Nonfiction 2019 Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.… (mais)
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Can’t go wrong with Bryson really. He’s readable, amusing, and in the case of his latest spate of fact-filled releases, very informative. Bryon’s Body fits the bill (no pun intended) perfectly.

It’s quite a large book. Ever since his 2003 Short HIstory of Nearly Everything, Bryson has waxed lyrical. Body weighs in at a hefty 368 hardback pages but you’ll breeze through it even if the editing feels a bit patchy at times.

The book’s divided into many sections you would expect (The Brain, The Head, The Guts) and a few you wouldn’t (Bipedalism and Exercise, Medicine Good and Bad, Microbial You), but each of these is packed with fascinating tidbits of info about, well, you.

Trouble is, I can’t remember any of them now, even the ones I read out to the wife. Ah well, you’ll have to read it for yourself.

For more reviews and the 1001 Books Spreadsheet, visit http://arukiyomi.com ( )
  arukiyomi | Nov 27, 2021 |
Bryson is always a great read ( )
  dualmon | Nov 17, 2021 |
It's not a guide but rather a good book about the history of medical science. It reveals a lot of misconceptions about deceases and treatments that are commom sense even between physicians (part of them, I hope) and shows how badly US performs in health care compared to other industrialized countries. ( )
  gabrielbckr | Oct 25, 2021 |
Did you know: a 30-year-old Bangladeshi is more likely to have a longer lifespan and less likelihood of contracting stroke, diabetes, and heart disease than a 30-year-old black man from Harlem? Well, now you can thank Bill Bryson for that piece of knowledge.

The Body: A Guide for Occupants is full of such tidbits and has that unmistakable, lucid style of writing that is Bryson’s trademark. It’s as if you’ve sat down to have a riveting evening conversation with a knowledgeable man whose passion oozes off the page.

Moving on from A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bryson turns inward, highlighting the highly improbable but glorious complexity of our existence. He writes about the body as if it’s a catalog of wonders, persuading you to believe we’re exceptional. “There is enough of you to leave the solar system,” he points out. “You are in the most literal sense cosmic.”

And yet, he takes a very humanistic approach to tell the story of human bodies, these miraculous machines of ours. In between talking about what (little) we know and (well, mostly) don’t know about our bodies, he weaves in stories of great individuals who dedicated their lives to figuring us out. He highlights people who gave it their all to understand why we are and aren’t; he also examines the horrific things we’ve done along the way.

The Body is a fantastic read. It’s much shorter in length and filled with snack-size chapters that whizz by at a breakneck pace. But don’t be fooled: they’re filled with a disgusting amount of research, drawing on the expertise of dozens of professionals. Bryson’s wit also shines through, making this quite easily one of the best reads of my life and most probably yours, too. ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
Full of fascinating facts! ( )
  Griffin22 | Aug 2, 2021 |
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"He has waded through a PhD’s worth of articles, interviewed a score of physicians and biologists, read a library of books, and had a great deal of fun along the way. There’s a formula at work – the prose motors gleefully along, a finely tuned engine running on jokes, factoids and biographical interludes."
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One of The Washington Post's 50 Most Notable Works of Nonfiction 2019 Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.

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