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My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places (Paperback)

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    From acclaimed, New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach comes the complete collection of her ?My Planet” articles published in Reader’s Digest. She was a hit columnist in the magazine, and this book features the articles she wr......more

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From acclaimed, New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach comes the complete collection of her ?My Planet” articles published in Reader’s Digest. She was a hit columnist in the magazine, and this book features the articles she wrote in that time. Insightful and hilarious, Mary explores the ins and outs of the modern world: marriage, friends, family, food, technology, customer service, dental floss, and ants?she leaves no element of the American experience unchecked for its inherent paradoxes, pleasures, and foibles.

On Cleanliness:
Ed has crud vision, and I don’t. I don’t notice filth. Ed sees it everywhere. I am reasonably convinced that Ed can actually see bacteria. . . . He confessed he didn’t like me using his bathrobe because I’d wear it while sitting on the toilet.
?It’s not like it goes in the water,” I protested, though if you counted the sash as part of the robe, this wasn’t strictly true.

On the Internet:
The Internet is a boon for hypochondriacs like me. Right now, for instance, I’m feeling a shooting pain on the side of my neck. A Web search produces five matches, the first three for a condition called Arnold-Chiari Malformation.
While my husband, Ed, reads over my shoulder, I recite symptoms from the list. ??General clumsiness’ and ?general imbalance,’” I say, as though announcing arrivals at the Marine Corps Ball. ??Difficulty driving,’ ?lack of taste,’ ?difficulty feeling feet on ground.’”
?Those aren’t symptoms,” says Ed. ?Those are your character flaws.”
On Fashion:
My husband recently made me try on a bikini. A bikini is not so much a garment as a cloth-based reminder that your parts have been migrating all these years. My waist, I realized that day in the dressing room, has completely disappeared beneath my rib cage, which now rests directly on my hips. I’m exhibiting continental drift in reverse.

On Eating Healthy:
So Ed and I we...

Mary Roach grew up in Etna, New Hampshire, graduated from Wesleyan in 1981, and now lives in California. She has written the bestselling books Packing for Mars (W. W. Norton & Company, August 2010), Bonk (W. W. Norton & Company April 2008), Spook (W. W. Norton & Company, September 2005), and Stiff (W. W. Norton & Company, April 2003). Her articles run in Outside, National Geographic, New Scientist, Wired, and The New York Times Magazine. Her 1995 article, ?How to Win at Germ Warfare,” was a National Magazine Award Finalist, and in 1996, her article on earthquake-proof bamboo houses took the Engineering Journalism Award in the general interest magazine category. She also reviews books for The New York Times.

Author:
Roach, Mary
Genre:
HUMOR / Form / Essays
Audience:
General/trade
Edition:
1
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
193
Language:
English
Publisher:
Readers Digest
Publish Date:
04/04/2013
Copyright Year:
2013
ISBN:
9781621450719
Height:
8.25 in
Wdth:
5.5 in
Thickness:
0.5 in
Unit weight:
0.6 lb
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