Mary Roach is the New York Times best-selling author of STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, SPOOK: Science Tackles the Afterlife, BONK: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, PACKING FOR MARS: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, and GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. She lives in Oakland, California.

Croton Reads


by Mary Roach


Stop in the Library between now and June 8 to enter into the raffle to win dinner for you and a guest with Mary Roach before the Croton Reads presentation. Tickets are $20 and the winner will be announced June 9. The winner will also receive two tickets to the event.

The Croton Free Library is overjoyed to announce the author and book for our 4th annual Croton Reads event! New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach will be coming to the Library, and we invite you under the banner of “One Village, One Book” to read her book, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, and meet the author. Mary will be visiting the Library on June 13, so be sure to save the date.

In Grunt, Mary Roach has brought her unique voice, sense of humor, and inquisitiveness to the field of military science, in her writing of the esoteric and less discussed scientific and medical aspects of war. She looks at the challenges of war from angles ignored or rarely written about, those not solely involving combat, but the less considered difficulties of “exhaustion, shock, panic, disease, extreme heat, cataclysmic noise, gastrointestinal distress, and assorted waterfowl.” The Boston Globe praised Grunt as being “as meticulously researched, beautifully written, and disturbingly funny as her previous books,” stating her “prose is a triumph—an engaging blend of anecdote, research, and reflection.”

The Library will be adding additional copies of Grunt, along with Mary’s other works, to our collection soon, and we encourage you to keep an eye out for our display this month which will have more details on Croton Reads.

Mary Roach will be visiting the Croton Free Library on Tuesday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m. The author presentation will consist of a one-on-one interview conducted by Tina Jordan, Senior Editor at Entertainment Weekly. Tickets are required. Space is limited so Croton Free Library card holders may pick up a maximum of two free tickets per family at the reference desk beginning Monday, May 22. Any remaining tickets will be available beginning June 5.

To learn more about Mary Roach and her work, please check out her website.