Bill Bryson – The Body: A Guide for Occupants
A fun tour of the human body and all its combined miracles and foibles. As with A Short History of Nearly Everything, depth is sacrificed almost entirely to breadth. There is a sensationalist undertone throughout, especially in parts involving cancer, obesity, and growing resistance to antibiotics. Bryson lets his sense of humor shine quite a bit, adding some charm to what can be a dreary subject. This is good for novices or people who want a lighter touch on a complicated and intimidating subject. Experts will likely shake their head at Bryson’s frequent overhyping of scary but low-probability events and health conditions.