by Lydia Zuraw
Space is devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take?
In her most recent book, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, best-selling author Mary Roach explores what happens to your body when you can’t walk for a year, what happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk, how space agencies simulate space travel here on Earth, and many other fascinating aspects of life in space.
Roach’s previous works include Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex.
As part of the 10th annual Spokane is Reading event, which was started to inspire conversation among readers and encourage more adults to read, Roach will be in Spokane for two presentations on Oct. 20. She will read from Packing for Mars, share stories, answer questions, and be available for book signing at the Garland Theater at 1 pm (327-1050) and at the Bing Crosby Theater at 7 pm (227-7638).