stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers

Reading reviews of Stiff is hilarious because most everyone is so hesitant to admit they enjoyed it and found it funny given its moribound nature – so you can go ahead and group me in that category. I didn’t expect to like this book so much, but Roach’s voice is so wry and sometimes silly that it makes for a really entertaining investigation into all the different ways human cadavers were used, are used, and can be used to influence the living, while still being sensitive to the subject of death. This book is smart, but also accessible to people who aren’t very well-read in the sciences (like myself), and just may convince you, too, to consider ecological composting as an alternative to burial or cremation.

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