The Body: A Guide for Occupants

December 18, 2019 - Comment

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERNAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD “Glorious. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design.” —The Washington Post  Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST 
LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD

“Glorious. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design.” —The Washington Post 

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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Anonymous says:

Best introduction to the complexity of the human body available If you’d like to learn more about how the body works but don’t want to read textbooks on human anatomy and physiology, this is the book for you. As Bryson writes, “We pass our existence within this warm wobble of flesh and yet take it entirely for granted.” We are the product of three billion years of evolutionary refinement, a biological machine of unimagined complexity, and yet most of us can’t even identify where the spleen is, or what it does.If this book doesn’t pique your…

Anonymous says:

Enjoyable read but… It is a pity that Bryson feels the need to get digs in at the notion of God. For example , he maarvels about the eye and then criticizes it for being made”backward” when he mentions intellivgent desigm. To each his owm view. but going about wonderfully made we are and not even entertaining the idea that there might be something otger than randomness involved is shortsighted. And intentionally insulting that belif system felt hostile to me.

Anonymous says:

Amazed at Your Own Body Bill Bryson wants you to stand in amazement at what you’ve been closest to your whole life—your own body. That is the tone he sets in this fascinating look at what we know from science about human anatomy.It’s important for readers to know that the book takes a modern scientific and not a creator based approach to humanity. While amazed by the feats of engineering evolution has accomplished over the eons, Bryson also points out design flaws or parts that any intelligent engineer…

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