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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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 l...

  • 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...

  • Snooty1

    Even for someone with a science/ medical background this was PHENOMENAL!What an absolutely interesting and eye opening adventure into our bodies; and told in such a entertaining way!!!Recommend for AN...

  • Toni

    A casual readable guide for the ‘common man,’ (you know I mean person). Reading through this book by Bill Bryson, is like talking to your favorite uncle at the Thanksgiving table, after everyone e...

  • Bam cooks the books ;-)

    "I didn't know that!"--the phrase most often used by me as I read this book. Bill Bryson explores what makes up the human body from head to toe, from birth to death, with his trademark wit and wisdom....