Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Who knew when you’re embalmed they sew your anus closed and put little spikey plastic cups on your eyes to keep your eyelids closed?

I read this great book a couple of months ago – once I got started, I couldn’t put it down. Mary Roach has a hilarious stream of consciousness writing style; even while writing around a topic like death, all kinds of tangental asides are made. The book documents the history of how society had dealt with death and slowly learned about anatomy, and some of the strange things that happen to your body when you die (especially if you give your body to science).

Totally worth your time, and much funnier than Coal

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