From acclaimed, New York Times
bestselling 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 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
On eating healthy: So Ed and I were
eating a lot of vegetables. Vegetables on pasta, vegetables on rice. This was
extremely healthy, until you got to the part where Ed and I are found in the
kitchen at 10 p.m., feeding on Froot Loops and tubes of cookie dough. Download and start listening now!