The Body: A Guide for Occupants

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

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.

Title:The Body: A Guide for Occupants
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385539302
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    The Body: A Guide for Occupants Reviews

  • Theresa Alan

    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, m...

  • Matthew

    The definition of a “well” person?Someone who hasn’t been examined yet(loosely quoted from the book)This book is two things:- Really interesting trivia about the human body- TerrifyingI love tri...

  • Jenna

    How to make a human body: Blend together the right amount of each of 59 elements, at a cost of US$151,578.46 according to the Royal Society of Chemistry.~Or~If you don't have that kind of money lying...

  • Betsy

    Be a bar trivia champion!Want to dominate any biology questions at bar trivia? The Body: A Guide for Occupants has you covered! For those of us who haven't had a biology class since we fulfilled some ...

  • Trevor

    I like Bryson, his books are often amusing and informative. He has a good eye for details that will keep the reader engaged or outraged or just smile. This is a tour of the human body, but it includes...

  • Brandon Forsyth

    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....

  • Trish

    Until now, I only knew Bill Bryson for his snarky travelogues. My buddy-reader, however, informed me that his non-fiction book was very good indeed. Besides, many biology books suffer from the fact th...

  • Karen Rush

    Bill Bryson’s trademark humor is evident in this fascinating book that provides detailed descriptions of the body, how things function and history of discovery. A big takeaway is that although there...

  • Bradley

    For all of you other cyborgs and pure artificial intelligences out there, I should mention that this is a rather interesting primer on regular meat-sacks. It even has the distinction of not being scie...

  • Sonja Arlow

    3.5 starsThis is like A Short History of Nearly Everything but for the body.Had I not read so many medical books and watched endless hours of QI I would have given this a MUCH higher rating but becaus...