Outstanding, Young Adult, Carlyn Beccia, Carlyn Beccia, History, Anatomy, Body Parts, Famous People, Dead People

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Book Review


Be prepared to gag a little bit as you enjoy this gruesome collection of stories about unfortunate people who lost body parts in life or death. But also be ready to amaze the people around you with little-known tales about the bodies of famous people such as Abraham Lincoln, Vincent van Gogh, Elvis Presley, Thomas Edison, and others. For example, did you know that Albert Einstein’s brain was stolen and kept in a sock drawer? Or that the first conjoined twins were connected at the abdomen but still married, had children, and lived to be 62 years old? The book also contains factoids about funny customs—like the sixteenth-century practice of grinding up mummies and eating the powder for better health. As you pick up the book, the author warns you not to eat while you read . . . so you’ve been warned.