This year’s selection is Grunt by Mary Roach

“A mirthful, informative peek behind the curtain of military science.”
-Washington Post

“[Roach] takes on the challenges the military faces to keep its fighters safe and healthy with her trademark flair (and zingy footnotes).”
-Entertainment Weekly

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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

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, join us for a discussion panel, 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. We’re also encouraging any residents who may be, or know of any, experts in the fields of medical and military science research to contact us if you’d like to be part of our panel.

Dates and Times for the panel discussion and ticket availability will be announced at a later date.

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