Reading has been shown time and time again to have a slew of health benefits – we’re talking improved cognitive function, stress relief, better sleep, slowed mental aging, better decision-making skills, and higher self-esteem (or shall we say shelf-esteem?) to name only a few (check out our full blog post on the health benefits of reading here). Those health benefits combined with the fact that reading is just plain fun make us THRILLED to announce that we are hosting the inaugural meeting of our new Health Sciences Library Book Club this summer, and we want you to join us! There’s a lot to be excited about, so read on to learn about our first book selection, what to look forward to at our first meeting, and how to win a free copy of our first selection – Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (it will make you laugh – we promise).
Stiff is an oddly compelling and surprisingly 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. With chapter titles such as “How to know if you’re dead,” and “Body snatching and other sordid tales,” Mary Roach promises a somehow fun, if not unorthodox (and bordering on irreverent) ride through the history of human remains. Take a look at the first paragraph of the book:
“The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back. The brain has shut down. The flesh begins to soften. Nothing much new happens, and nothing is expected of you.”
The inaugural book club meeting to discuss Stiff will take place on Thursday, July 14, 2016 from noon – 1:00pm in room 210E in the library. The meeting will be in a B.Y.O.L. (Bring Your Own Lunch) style, with desserts and fun giveaways supplied by the HSL. Click here to RSVP for our first meeting! Book Club participants will be responsible for supplying their own copy of the book selection and reading it prior to the meeting. The book can be purchased as a hard copy, an ebook, or an audio book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Once you get your copies and start reading, be sure to let us know your thoughts with #UCFCOMbookclub!
Are you feeling lucky? You can also enter to win a free copy of Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by clicking here. We will be announcing the lucky winner over social media next Monday, May 23rd (follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see the winner!).
If you can’t join us this time, don’t fret! We plan to choose a new book three times per year (with the book club cycles being January-April, May-July, and August-November), and host a brown-bag style lunch-time meeting to discuss each book in April, July, and November.