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The Weirdest Book I’ve Read: “Stiff” by Mary Roach

Ever read something that immediately gets a reaction when brought up? I’m not talking about “This book is illegal in ____ countries.” I’m talking about “This book is socially unacceptable in…well, everywhere.”

That’s how I felt while reading Stiff by Mary Roach. It was fascinating and disgusting and  abject. I wanted to share all this new knowledge with everyone, and simultaneously wasn’t sure I wanted to see their reaction.


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You see, Stiff is about the “lives” of human cadavers. What happens after you die. Whether embalmed, cremated, organ donation, scientific research, or other options. (Did YOU know there’s other options? I sure didn’t.)

I learned about plastic surgery practice, criminology, cannibalism, crucifixion research, and plane crashes. I learned about jobs I can’t imagine being a part of small-talk – how do you socialize with that job description? I learned about all the stages of decay. Interesting stuff I probably should not bring up anywhere other than this post.

If it sounds interesting, you should check it out. If you feel like you might upchuck your lunch now, then this book isn’t for you. It just makes me so happy to know that this repulsive state was never in God’s original design, and it’s not gonna be for forever. Hallelujah!

But what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever read? Let me know the weird books you’ve come across.

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