Friday, August 13, 2010

Mary Roach's 6 favorite books

Mary Roach explored the "curious lives of cadavers" in Stiff and the "curious coupling of science and sex" in Bonk. Her new book is Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.

She named her six favorite books for The Week magazine. One title on the list:
Riding Rockets by Mike Mullane

You have to love an astronaut who refers to the space shuttle’s elaborate emergency abort procedures as “busy-work while dying.” Being an astronaut takes balls, but maybe the bravest thing Mullane ever did was publish this book.
Read about the other books on Roach's list.

Also see John Mullan's list of ten of the best journeys to the Moon.

--Marshal Zeringue