Tuesday, May 25, 2004

I have been reading, just not blogging!

I recently finished

"Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers "
by Mary Roach

What an extremely interesting book! This almost makes me want to donate my body to science when I die. Without the use of human cadavers in science, we would not have advanced as far scientifically as we have.

From the back book description: Cadavers have tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way. In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries—from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors' conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

In the interest of trashy reading, I've also finished quite a few books by Eloisa James. All were quite amusing.

"Your Wicked Ways"
by Eloisa James

"A Wild Pursuit"
by Eloisa James

"Fool for Love"
by Eloisa James

"Duchess in Love"
by Eloisa James