Monday, March 14, 2011

Mary Roach- Packing for Mars

Ever wonder what happens if an astronaut vomits in their helmet during a space walk or consider the feasibility of sex in zero gravity?
In Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Mary Roach visits NASA to learn the answers to her sordid and weird questions regarding space travel. Her humorous and educational observations have been labeled as "truly funny" (Entertainment Weekly) and "hilarious" (Jon Stewart, The Daily Show). Packing for Mars has also been recommended as an editor's choice by the New York Times Book Review and Amazon's Best Book of the Month page.

Roach, a freelance journalist, is known for her humorous articles on scientific subjects, and has been published in Salon, Outside, National Geographic, New Scientist, Popular Mechanics, Wired, and The New York Times Magazines.
Her previous books include Stiff and Spook, which humorously explore the scientific and often revolting worlds of cadavers and the afterlife, and Bonk, for which she wrote on the topic of sexual physiology. For each of her books, she does the research personally, visiting mortuaries, graveyards, or wherever her curiosity leads her, opening her reader's eyes to the gruesome yet fascinating worlds that she visits.

For a taste of what Packing for Mars is all about, see the video Mary posted on her website that, in her own words, "captures the essence of Packing for Mars."

For more information, you can also visit her website here.

Mary Roach will visit Boulder Bookstore for an event on Sunday, April 3, at 2:00 pm to speak about and sign Packing for Mars." This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $5 and each ticket includes a coupon good for $5 off Packing for Mars OR $5 off a purchase the night of the event. Call (303) 447-2074 to purchase your ticket. We hope to see you there!

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