Nursing Book Club
The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson
A delightful, informative read
If I were asked to select my favorite book of the year, it would be The Body: A Guide for Occupants. Bill Bryson is a bestselling, award-winning author whose attention to detail cannot be matched. Throw in a wry sense of humor and willingness to delve deeply into any subject and you have a fascinating read.
This book isn’t a how-to for caretakers, but rather a kind of owner’s manual and historical reference for the human body. Like most owner’s manuals, it includes far too much information to absorb in one sitting. (This is especially true if you are also reading passages aloud to someone else while you laugh until you cry.)
Bryson is most famous for his bestselling book A Short History of Nearly Everything— presumably, once his investigations had conquered all of time, looking inward was the next logical step. If you’ve read his earlier book, you’ll have a good idea what to expect from this one.