Bestselling author Mary Roach has built a career on investigating the stranger side of science. Her first book, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, detailed what happens to our bodies after we die. Stiff was followed by more bestsellers, including most notably Spook, Gulp, and Bonk, her exploration of the science of sex. Grunt displays the same morbid wit and fierce attention to detail that made Roach's previous books bestsellers. Mary Roach is both the author of and a character in Grunt. She inserts herself into the narrative as an investigative journalist researching for her book. Her voice is both hilarious and well-informed, and even in the most absurd situations (like that of witnessing the "chicken gun" in action) she's able to find the humor and humanity.
Annette LaFleur is the U.S. Army's top fashion designer and is responsible for designing many of the Army's uniforms, including those used by snipers. LaFleur takes the flame resistant and liquid repellant fabrics developed by researchers and fashions them into uniforms so sleek that designers in the civilian world often steal from LaFleur's work.
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