Funny, smart, entertaining, and thoughtful A great read for people who like Mary Roach. THE BODY by Bill Bryson.Did you ever think you ever needed an owner s manual for our complex body I think this was a brilliant idea We live in this body that we are so intimate with and yet could hardly speak of what goes on inside or tell us the functions of the organs we have, nor even name them, Bryson took a Biology Book, that is the last thing I ever want, and turned it to an amazing book that I cannot keep my hands away from Converting a daunting and boring science book into an understandable and entertaining book for EVERYONE is like wizardry His writing is brilliant and truly enjoyable Bryson kept me intrigued and in awe for the facts and information he magically sprinkled throughout the pages Additionally, the anecdotes within the chapters made for a really fun read for me This book had accurate and important information that I did not even learn in my pre med courses in college I feel like I can win a trivia contest or even join Jeopardy after reading this book Bryson wrote a phenomenal book full of amazing information without feeling like I am stuffing my head with information, but for some reason I am retaining these facts and enjoy talking about them to everyone I meet I have recommended this book to many people already and will continue to do so What an awesome gift for anyone that can appreciate a great read and feel so much smarter after reading this Amazing job Thank you NeyGalley and Double Day Books for the ARC ebook for my honest and objective opinion. [Read Kindle] ♜ The Body ♼ In The Bestselling, Prize Winning A Short History Of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson Achieved The Seemingly Impossible By Making The Science Of Our World Both Understandable And Entertaining To Millions Of People Around The Globe.Now He Turns His Attention Inwards To Explore The Human Body, How It Functions And Its Remarkable Ability To Heal Itself Full Of Extraordinary Facts And Astonishing Stories, The Body A Guide For Occupants Is A Brilliant, Often Very Funny Attempt To Understand The Miracle Of Our Physical And Neurological Make Up.A Wonderful Successor To A Short History Of Nearly Everything, This Book Will Have You Marvelling At The Form You Occupy, And Celebrating The Genius Of Your Existence, Time And Time Again. Even for someone with a science medical background this was PHENOMENAL What an absolutely interesting and eye opening adventure into our bodies and told in such a entertaining way Recommend for ANYONE and EVERYONEThanks to netgalley and Doubleday books for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest review. I have been living in this body for 60 years but it wasn t until I read this book did I learn about how many of it s system function and what doctors and scientists already know Easy to read, entertaining, all the while being scientific make this a great informative book. This is an awesome book.Readable and fascinating I ll be back with a full review. I wasn t big on the sciences in school, but Bill Bryson has written a book that keeps me turning pages and taking notes to talk about with everyone Parts may make you squeamish, but 2 paragraphs later you will be laughing out loud I see this as Christmas gifts this year Enjoy My first book by Bill Bryson was A Short History of Nearly Everything Since reading it, I have frequently included a Bryson book or two in my yearly reading and have suggested them to others The Body is sure to be another book I will regularly recommend and in fact already have.The book itself winds through the system s of the body one after another Bryson discusses what makes up the system, the important discoveries and discovers of parts in the system, always with an eye toward what makes for a good story Finishing with the systems, he moves on to the functions of the body, illness and causes of disease, and finally death Even knowing a good amount about anatomy and scientific history, I found myself learning while reading things book This was particularly true when he discussed new research and interviews with scientists on the cutting edge of physiology or disease research However, don t mistake this as a boring textbook While this does not contain the wit and sarcasm of his travelogues or even Brief History, Bryson has a style of writing that keeps you engaged and reading well past the time when you should have gone to bed I recommend this book for anyone interested in anatomy in particular or science as a whole You are sure to learn something and have fun doing it Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read a pre release copy this book. I learned so much from this book One of the things I learned was that continuing to learn and keeping my brain active will help me avoid dementia, so you should read this book, too I flagged many, many pages, so I ll just offer a few highlights here The most interesting thing was reading about our skin, the tiny tiny layer that we makes us white or black or brown Bryson watched a surgeon incise and peel back a sliver of skin a millimeter thick from the arm of cadaver It was so thin it was translucent That s what race is Which is why it s so ridiculous that such a small facet of our composition should be given so much importance when it s merely a reaction to sunlight Biologically, there is no such thing as race nothing in terms of skin color, facial features, hair type, bone structure, or anything else that is a defining quality among peoples Skins gets its color from a variety of pigments, the best known is a molecule we know as melanin It s also responsible for the color of birds feathers and gives fish the texture and luminescence of the their scales Our skin evolved based on our geography A lot of myths I grew up with are not true Like the fact we only use ten percent of our brain false I was taught as a kid that different parts of the tongue were attuned to different tastes like salty, sweet, sour Nope Also, like the movie the Matrix, apparently when I eat a brownie straight from the oven, it doesn t actually taste good, my brain just reads these scentless, flavorless molecules and makes me think they re pleasurable In one of the studies he talks about, a man was given an injection of a harmless liquid to mimic snot It couldn t be seen by the naked eye, but under those blue lights detectives use The test subject went into a room with other folks, and when they turned the overhead lights off and the blue lights on, every single person, doorknob, and bowl of nuts had the pretend snot on it, which is how the common cold passes from person to person so easily through touch, apparently not by making out with someone although presumably at some point you might touch that person Antibiotics Almost 3 4ths of prescriptions written each year are for conditions that can t be cured with antibiotics like bronchitis 80 percent of antibiotics are fed to farm animals to fatten them up which meat eaters then consume, which is one of the reasons antibiotics aren t as effective as they used to be Fruit growers use antibiotics to combat bacterial infections in their crops, sometimes even of produce mar ked organic Which means we humans are unwittingly eating antibiotics, rendering them ineffective when we need them for a real disease infection.There s a lot interesting stuff in here Thanks so much to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book, which RELEASES OCTOBER 15, 2019. I either laughed, shook my head in wonder, or did both on every page This is Bryson at his best, and it should be handed out at birth.