Author Mary Roach Is Fueled By Unending Curiosity

Science-reporter-turned-author Mary Roach has made a name for herself thanks to an endless curiosity about the world around her.

She’s written books about dead bodies, sex, our digestive systems and, most recently, military science.

Roach will be in Tacoma April 28 at to discuss her latest book “Grunt” as part of the Pierce County Reads series put on by the county’s library system.

88.5’s Ariel Van Cleave will be leading the discussion beginning at 7 p.m. at the McGavick Conference Center at Clover Park Technical College. She talked with Roach ahead of the event about the book and what topics tend to peak Roach’s interest.

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-KNKX, April 27, 2017

Pierce County learns how to ‘Grunt’ in harmony

Reading together never fails to draw parents and children closer, setting them free to enjoy Pooh or Potter in a safe space of pajamas and pillows. Adult relationships are similarly deepened when book-club friends discuss Capote or Kingsolver over coffee and cookies.

Why stop there? A shared reading experience can have an invigorating effect on an entire community. South Sound book lovers have unwrapped this gift for 10 straight years during the Pierce County Reads program each spring.

-The News Tribune, April 25, 2017


Our view: Pierce County READS does more than promote reading

The Pierce County Library system READS is marking its 10th year with the selection of a book that is not only gripping and impactful, but also relevant and local.

The county’s largest community one-book reading program is encouraging everyone to read “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” by Mary Roach. READS selected the book not only because of the book’s content, but as a way to strengthen the ties and understanding between the area’s civilian population and its military residents, particularly at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It is celebrating 100 years of operation after all, and remains the county’s largest employer and economic engine.

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-Tacoma Weekly, March 9, 2017

Pierce County READS 2017 launches

Celebrating its 10th year, Pierce County READS selects “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” by Mary Roach for the county’s largest one-book reading program. With this choice, Pierce County Library System emphasizes the important ties between its larger countywide community and the military community. Pierce County READS runs now through April 28.

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–Pierce County Library System news release, March 6, 2017

Pierce County Reads goes for the ‘Grunt’ in military science

Diarrhea. Deafness. Maggots. Bullet-proof underwear. If only the latter sounds anything like military nonfiction to you, then clearly you haven’t read “Grunt.” Which is an opportunity for you, because the Mary Roach bestseller on the bizarre extremes of military science research is the book selection for this year’s Pierce County Reads program.

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–The News Tribune, March 5, 2017