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The Body
A Guide for Occupants
Unabridged edition
By (author): Bill Bryson Read by: Bill Bryson
9780147526915 CD-Audio English General Trade SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology Oct 15, 2019
$60.00 CAD
Forthcoming 0 pages Duration: 840 minutes Random House Audio
Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner’s manual for everybody.

Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body—how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, “We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted.” The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.

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’s bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, Notes from a Small Island, I’m A Stranger Here Myself, In a Sunburned Country, A Short History of Nearly Everything (which earned him the 2004 Aventis Prize), The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, At Home, and One Summer. He lives in England with his wife.

Author Residence: Hampshire, England

Author Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Marketing: National print advertising in the New York Times Book Review

Major online advertising campaign including ShelfAwareness, Goodreads, New Yorker newsletters, Facebook, and Instagram

Galley giveaways on Goodreads and Facebook



Finished copy mailing to Big Mouths in education and health

Publicity: Tie in with Doubleday’s Plans:

Major National Review and Media Appearances, including NPR, op-eds, and print features

National Online Interviews, Reviews, and Blog Coverage

Science and Medical Press and Media

National Author Tour

Author Social Media:

“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.”
Kirkus Reviews 


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