Mary Roach

Non-Fiction Author

Birthday March 20, 1959

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Birthplace Etna, NH

Age 65 years old

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An American author known for her works of popular science, she published such titles as Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. Her numerous, award-winning journal articles include How to Win at Germ Warfare and The Bamboo Solution.

Before Fame

In 1981, she graduated from Wesleyan University, and worked as a freelance copy editor. She published her bestselling book, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, in 2003.


She has written for GQ, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, Vogue, and Outside Magazine.

Family Life

She married Ed Rachles, an illustrator. Together, the couple had two daughters.

Associated With

She has been a guest on Art Bell's radio talk show Coast to Coast AM.