This picture captures the author's spirit and joyful, contagious playfulness as much as her books do. She is Mary Roach, New York Times columnist and author of a number of interesting and best-selling science-based books. These include Stiff, Bonk, Packing for Mars, and Gulp. She was in town last week for a day of talks and workshops as part of Rochester Reads. I had the opportunity to attend her writing workshop sponsored by Mayo Clinic. I have also started reading her book, Gulp. She has such fun writing and then sharing it. It was a wonderful hour with a wonderful author.
What is even more fun is reading Gulp. That fun-loving grin comes through much of her writing as she goes into detail on some, well, gross things. You see Gulp is sub-titled Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. If you are easily grossed out by things organic having to do with the digestive process from snot to the other word that starts with "s" and ends with "t" (oh, spit is in there, too) then I would not recommend this book. Otherwise, it is a hoot! She is an intriguing person who has made her own niche as an author and earned a great deal of respect.
Thanks, Mary. Keep at it.