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The Body by Bill Bryson
Oct 15, 2019 | ISBN 9780385539302
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    Oct 29, 2019 | ISBN 9780593106297

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    Oct 15, 2019 | ISBN 9780385539319

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“A directory of wonders. . .Extraordinary. . . A tour of the minuscule; it aims to do for the human body what his A Short History of Nearly Everything did for science. . .The prose motors gleefully along, a finely tuned engine running on jokes, factoids and biographical interludes. . .Wry, companionable, avuncular and always lucid . . .[The Body] could stand as an ultimate prescription for life.”
The Guardian

“Bill Bryson isn’t a medic, biologist or psychiatrist, but that’s what makes his exploration of the human body, all seven billion billion billion atoms of it (the book is rich in jaw-dropping stats), so readable and useful. As with his earlier A Short History of Nearly Everything, which offers a non-specialist introduction to science, he asks all the questions a layperson doesn’t dare to ask for fear of exposing humiliating ignorance, then answers them in witty, jargon-free prose that glides you through 400 pages. . .It’s fun to read because it’s not just comprehensive, but quirky. . .Bryson thrives.”
The Times (London) 

“Bill Bryson is not so much a discoverer of new lands as a charismatic cartographer of existing ones, smartly mapping points of entry into territory that might otherwise remain impenetrable to curious travelers. With light footed prose, The Body winds its way through the dense terrain of anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. . .The result is an absorbing catalog of the human body in all its firmness and fatality. . .The colossal roster of facts on display is dazzling. . . Bryson’s distinctive voice will likely delight readers eager to go sightseeing around the world they embody.”
The American Scholar 

“A delightful tour guide. . .Bryson’s stroll through human anatomy, physiology, evolution, and illness (diabetes, cancer, infections) is instructive, accessible, and entertaining.” 
Booklist, starred review 

“[Bryson] describes the often bewildering mystery of diseases, the science of pain, and the advances made in medical treatment, all with care and concern. Bryson’s tone is both informative and inviting, encouraging the reader, throughout this exemplary work, to share the sense of wonder he expresses at how the body is constituted and what it is capable of.” 
Publishers Weekly, starred review 

“Full of humor. . . Celebratory. . .The author marvels at the intricacies of the human body and its extraordinary feats of timing and fine-tuning. He digs into history to show the persistence and tribulations of researchers. He describes the amazing feats of medicine and surgery accomplished in the last few decades. This fact-packed story-strewn volume is a fascinating read, a book to own and return when questions arise — as they always do.”
The Washington Times 

“A pleasing, entertaining sojourn into the realm of what makes us tick.”
Kirkus Reviews 

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