Mary Roach - One Book One Marin 2013 Launch

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 7:00pm
In conversation with astronaut Rusty Schweickart 
Book Passage, along with The Marin County Free Library, City Public Libraries of Marin County and Dominican University of California, is pleased to announce the 2013 One Book One Marin reading program with the selection of Packing for Mars ($15.95) by Mary Roach. Join us for the launch of this county-wide celebration with a talk and signing by the author.

From getting tattoos to bungee jumping to eating maggoty cheese, humans undoubtedly do some strange things. But none of these activities comes close to the sheer weirdness of voluntarily - eagerly, in fact - confining oneself to a tiny room without a proper shower or toilet within a wasteland that lacks water, gravity, or oxygen for a month or even a year. Welcome to space. In Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, Mary Roach enters the final frontier - not the grand triumphs and tragedies that you see on TV but all the stuff in between - the small comedies, the odd experiments, and the everyday victories. 

Mary Roach is the author of the bestselling books Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. She lives in Oakland, California.

One Book One Marin provide readers with a shared reading experience that leads to open dialogue and celebrates the joy of reading. Previous authors celebrated in this program have included Isabel Allende, Amy Tan, Michael Chabon, Abraham Verghese, and Dave Eggers. For more information see
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ISBN: 9780393339918
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 4th, 2011

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers?