"To my mind, books are a basic human need, right alongside water and food. Possibly slightly ahead of food, depending on who's cooking."
Mary Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War; Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife: Stiff:The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void; and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, Discover, New Scientist, the Journal of Clinical Anatomy, and Outside, among others. She serves as a member of the Mars Institute's Advisory Board and the Usage Panel of American Heritage Dictionary. Her 2009 TED talk made the organization's 2011 Twenty Most-Watched To Date list. She was the guest editor of the 2011 Best American Science and Nature Writing, and a winner of the American Engineering Societies' Engineering Journalism Award, in a category for which, let's be honest, she was the sole entrant.
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