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The Body: A Guide for Occupants

by Bill Bryson

About the Book

In his latest, The Body: A Guide for Occupants, Bill Bryson looks inward, taking the reader on an incredible journey through the human body. With dry humor and wit, he explores every minute detail of the human form – from hair to toenails.

Drawn from interviews with medical and science professionals there are quite a few fascinating facts. For example, human cartilage is smoother than glass. The lungs process 4,000 gallons of air daily. A single kiss transmits a billion bacteria to its target. And the human bellybutton contains thousands of different bacteria species.

Bryson shares everything you ever wanted to know about the human body – and maybe some things that you don’t. Like his popular best seller, A Short History of Nearly Everything, it’s an equally dense and thoroughly engrossing tome. You’ll never view anatomy and physiology the same way again.

About the Author

Bill Bryson is an award winning American British author and former journalist. He has written more than 20 books on a range of subjects from the English language, travel, science and history. Despite this variance, Bryson has a brilliant command of his work.

His books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as book lists in Great Britain and the European Union. He has won many awards, including the Descartes Prize, the highest literary award in the European Union. Bryson holds several honorary doctorates from prestigious universities and is the former chancellor of Durham University, the third oldest in England. He’s an honorary fellow of Britain’s Royal Society. He currently lives in England with his wife and children.

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