The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson
Published by Doubleday on October 15, 2019
Format & Length: e-book, 400
The Body: A Guide for Occupants is full of incredible information and is also wonderfully readable.
“I’ve said it before in another book, but I believe it’s worth repeating: the only thing special about the elements that make you is that they make you. That is the miracle of life.”
This nonfiction book explores the human body, how it functions and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stores, this brilliant attempt to understand the miracle of our physical and neurological make up is also often quite funny.
“What is perhaps most remarkable is that nothing is in charge.”
Although not the longest book I’ve ever read, The Body is somewhat lengthy and densely packed with information. Each chapter covers a different aspect of the body, from skin and hair to the brain to the skeleton and so much more. Some chapters are longer than others but they are broken down into sections that make it easier to dip in and out.
“The hands and feet together have more than half the bones in your body.”
The human body is intricate and complex; no one book could possibly contain everything there is to know on the subject. But The Body is a broad, if shallow, overview, and an excellent place to start for readers looking to learn more about it.