Thursday, June 27, 2013

Book Review: Spook by Mary Roach

One of the books that I am currently reading is Spook by Mary Roach.

From Amazon: " What happens when we die? Does the light just go out and that's that—the million-year nap? Or will some part of my personality, my me-ness persist? What will that feel like? What will I do all day? Is there a place to plug in my lap-top?" In an attempt to find out, Mary Roach brings her tireless curiosity to bear on an array of contemporary and historical soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all trying to prove (or disprove) that life goes on after we die. She begins the journey in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and ends up in a University of Virginia operating room where cardiologists have installed equipment near the ceiling to study out-of-body near-death experiences. Along the way, she enrolls in an English medium school, gets electromagnetically haunted at a university in Ontario, and visits a Duke University professor with a plan to weigh the consciousness of a leech. Her historical wanderings unearth soul-seeking philosophers who rummaged through cadavers and calves' heads, a North Carolina lawsuit that established legal precedence for ghosts, and the last surviving sample of "ectoplasm" in a Cambridge University archive."

 As someone who has interest in the paranormal, ghosts, and the afterlife, this book is right up my alley. Roach goes back in time to investigate seances, death experiments, and more to figure out the whole afterlife deal. She has a sharp wit and humor in her writing, which leaves me not wanting to put this book down.
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