The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Category: Book
By (author): Bryson, Bill
Subject:  HUMOR / General
  MEDICAL / Anatomy
  NON-FICTION / General
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Published: October 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 9.25in x 6.12in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*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 compulsively readable 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.
Review Quote*Praise for the books of Bill Bryson

"Bryson is fascinated by everything, and his curiosity is infectious." -The New York Times Book Review

"[Bryson] has a talent for genial, absorbing explanation. He is enthralled by what he has discovered and delighted to share his researches. . . . He is a cheery, idiosyncratic guide, eclectic rather than scholarly, a true populariser." -Financial Times

"The truly great thing about Bryson is that he really cares and is insanely curious. . . . Reading his work is like going on holiday with the members of Monty Python." -Mashable

"[Bryson] reminds me of one of those wonderful teachers whose passion for his subject transfers itself to the student. You retain a sense of enthusiasm and excitement long after you've forgotten the precise details." -San Francisco Chronicle

"[Bryson's] books answer the questions that have always, or maybe never, been rustling at the back of your brain." -The Washington Post
"Reading Bill Bryson is . . . a blast, a constant jaw-dropping trip into the odd corners of almost everything." -The Dallas Morning News
"Bryson could more or less pen a 300-pager about a trip to the supermarket and it would zing with brilliance. . . . He is simply magnificent company for every step of the way." -Irish Independent
Biographical NoteBILL BRYSON's bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, Notes from a Small Island, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, A Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, At Home and One Summer. He lives in England with his wife.