Two million copies of this book’s predecessor and model, A Short History of Nearly Everything have been sold in the US in all formats and editions.
Seven million copies of Bill Bryson’s books have been sold by this company alone in North America.
One our most beloved and admired nonfiction talents writing at the peak of his powers, and on a subject—ourselves!—of universal interest.
The product of five years of intensive research by Bill Bryson including encounters with some of the world’s most famous scientists and physicians.
A rich banquet of deliciously worrisome information for anyone with the slightest touch of hypochondria—which basically means everyone.
CROSS PROMOTION: Simultaneous publication with the Doubleday hardcover. Also available as a Large Print trade paperback.
“Bill Bryson is not so much a discoverer of new lands as a charismatic cartographer of existing ones, smartly mapping points of entry into territory that might otherwise remain impenetrable to curious travelers. With light footed prose, The Body winds its way through the dense terrain of anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry…The result is an absorbing catalog of the human body in all its firmness and fatality…The colossal roster of facts on display is dazzling…Bryson’s distinctive voice will likely delight readers eager to go sightseeing around the world they embody.”
—The American Scholar
“A delightful tour guide…Bryson’s stroll through human anatomy, physiology, evolution, and illness (diabetes, cancer, infections) is instructive, accessible, and entertaining.”
—Booklist, starred review
“[Bryson] describes the often bewildering mystery of diseases, the science of pain, and the advances made in medical treatment, all with care and concern. Bryson’s tone is both informative and inviting, encouraging the reader, throughout this exemplary work, to share the sense of wonder he expresses at how the body is constituted and what it is capable of.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A pleasing, entertaining sojourn into the realm of what makes us tick.”
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