Following on the heels of his immensely popular Your Brain: The Missing Manual, author Matthew MacDonald conducts an entertaining, informative, and highly practical tour of the human body in this new book. Perfect for anyone interested in the human machine, Your Body: The Missing Manual features neither dumbed-down self-help nor dense medical text. Instead, by using the same clear, engaging writing that has made bestsellers of so many Missing Manuals, MacDonald provides readers with clear explanations of how our bodies work, with practical, realistic steps you can take to fine-tune your own vessel.
MacDonald says, "In this book you will learn how your body works, and how you can keep it in tip-top shape. You'll discover how to spot potential problems, and you'll learn to love--or at least live with--its charming and not-so-charming oddities. You'll see why we use the same hardware to talk, eat, and kiss. You'll learn why at least one study suggests that you'd be better off preparing dinner on a toilet seat rather than on an average kitchen counter cutting board (page 215). We think you'll enjoy the tour. After all, you'll be spending a lot of time in your body. Why not get better acquainted?"
The tour combines a look at the fascinating quirks, curiosities, and shortcomings we've all learned to live with (shivering and dizziness, to name just two) with just enough biology to improve and exploit the oddities of your body. Coverage includes what to do about hair loss as well as unwanted hair, breathing techniques to improve voice projection, advice on fasting and digestive "cleansing" strategies, and more.
Indeed, Your Body: The Missing Manual walks you through all of the important stuff that you need to know, including:
Your Body: The Missing Manual is entertaining and packed with information you can use. It's a book that may well change your life.
Reviews for Your Brain: The Missing Manual, also by author Matthew MacDonald:
"...a unique guide that should be sought after by any who want to maximize what they can accomplish with their mental abilities and resources."
-- James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review - Wisconsin Bookwatch
"If you can't figure out how to use your brain after reading this guide, you may want to return your brain for another."
-- The Sacramento Book Review
"It's rare to find a book on any technical subject that is as well written and readable as Your Brain: The Missing Manual. The book covers pretty much anything you may want to know about your brain, from what makes it up, through how it develops to how to mitigate the affects of aging."
-- Neil Davis, Amazon.co.uk
"MacDonald's writing style is perfect for this kind of guide. It remains educational without becoming overly technical or using unexplained jargon. And even though the book covers a broad scope of topics, MacDonald keeps it well organized and easy to follow."
-- Janica Unruh, Blogcritics Magazine
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Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. He's also the author of Your Brain: The Missing Manual, a quirky exploration into the odd and wondrous world of your squishy gray matter. In a dimly remembered past life, he studied English literature and theoretical physics.
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596801748
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