Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

By Mary Roach

  • Release Date: 2004-05-17
  • Genre: Life Sciences
Score: 4.5
From 314 Ratings


"One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year....Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting."—Entertainment Weekly Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers—some willingly, some unwittingly—have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.


  • I recommend it to everyone I know.

    By Jacqui LaVoie
    Excellent read!
  • Great

    By CraigybabyNYC
    I very seldom read books, and this is probably the second review I have written in my life. I finished the book about 30 seconds ago felt the need to post this before buying my next Roach book. AMAZING. Super interesting and absolutely hilarious. A few lines in there kept me laughing for days, standing alone waiting for the subway or something I would think of it and burst into laughter- so thanks to Mary for making me look like a crazy person. Totally worth it. A must-read for anyone with a pulse!
  • Very interesting read!

    By Sega Fan 2012
    Read this in college and although it made me think twice about donating my organs to science it was quite intriguing.
  • I really don't understand how people like this book

    By Dancemagic2(clubpenguin)
    For someone being interested in the medical field... This book is so unbearably terrible. I don't understand how this book got high reviews when it's just awful. It's hard to read as there are no attention grabbers, it's just flat out boring. I never write reviews for anything, but I am so compelled to write this review to warn others of this book. It's not what others make it out to be. It's actually boring and I fall asleep reading it.
  • Must read!

    By Momlovesheralyssa
    This book is exceptionally well written as it takes a light-hearted look at virtually all angles of death - organ donation, cremation, burial, preparation of the body, crash testing, medical advances, etc. It's written in a way that's not morbid, but rather interesting. I highly recommend this book.
  • Stiff

    By KS Barber
    Very interesting and entertaining book - especially if you are interested in anatomy. The author has an engaging method of writing and handles the subject of death in a matter of fact and tastefully humorous manner. I hated to have the book end!
  • A must read!

    By NoVerbalFilter
    ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! I'm not the kind of person that has much spare time (or desire) to read the paper, let alone a book, BUT..... This book intrigued me so much that I somehow managed to keep finding that spare time to read it!
  • Great

    By Cobragal
    This book is amazing. Very interesting and informative.
  • Amazing

    By TheCheeks
    One of the funniest books I have read in a long time. The author knows how to take some touchy material and make it easy to read and somehow, not so morbid. The book does a great job of giving a full spectrum view of cadavers and all things that happen to then throughout the world and in science. You get a view of yow cadavers have been used throughout history and in the world today. A very easy read and and all around great book.