Author(s): Mary Roach

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"What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that-the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my lap-top?" In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die.


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Winner of New York Times Notable Book 2005.

"The general reader's ideal emissary to the arcana of serious science... Roach's writing has what science has so far failed to find: a divine spark." -- Malcolm Jones - Newsweek "Dependably witty, especially when it ventures far into the ether... [Roach] makes a clever investigator and a thoroughly entertaining, if skeptical, tour guide." -- Janet Maslin - New York Times "Investigative reporting has no lighter, more irreverent spirit than Mary Roach... Spook is enormous fun." -- David A Walton - Pittsburgh Union-Tribune "Surreal, fascinating, at times absurd and always hilarious, Mary Roach may not reveal the street address of our final destination, but in Spook she makes it sound less like a morgue and more like a comedy club." -- Vince Darcangelo - Boulder Weekly "Funny and smart... since she's a scientist at heart, she also lasers through the smoke and mirrors." -- People "Reading Spook is like attending a lecture by a professor who is equal parts Groucho Marx and Stephen Jay Gould, both enlightening and entertaining." -- Dorman T. Schindler - Sunday Denver Post & Rocky Mountain News

Mary Roach is the author of four previous books: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. Her writing has appeared in Outside, Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She lives in Oakland, California.

General Fields

  • : 9780393329124
  • : WW Norton Co
  • : WW Norton Co
  • : October 2006
  • : 211mm X 140mm X 20mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mary Roach
  • : Paperback
  • : 320
  • : illustrations