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Vroman’s Bookstore presents Mary Roach in conversation with Steve Hely discussing and signing Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

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Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries panic, exhaustion, heat, noise and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper. She visits a repurposed movie studio where amputee actors help prepare Marine Corps medics for the shock and gore of combat wounds. At Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, in east Africa, we learn how diarrhea can be a threat to national security. Roach samples caffeinated meat, sniffs an archival sample of a World War II stink bomb, and stays up all night with the crew tending the missiles on the nuclear submarine USS Tennessee. She answers questions not found in any other book on the military: Why is DARPA interested in ducks? How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again. (WW Norton & Co.)

About Steve Hely:
Steve Hely, writer for "The Office" and "American Dad!," and recipient of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, presents a travel book about his journey through Central and South America. Part travel book, part pop history, part comic memoir, Hely's writing will make readers want to reach for their backpack and hiking boots. 
 "The Wonder Trail" is the story of Steve's trip from Los Angeles to the bottom of South America, presented in 102 short chapters. The trip was ambitious - Steve traveled through Mexico City, ancient Mayan ruins, the jungles and coffee plantations and remote beaches of Central America, across the Panama Canal, by sea to Colombia, to the wild Easter celebration of Popayan, to the Amazon rainforest, the Inca sites of Cuzco and Machu Picchu, to the Galapagos Islands, the Atacama Desert of Chile, and down to the jagged and wind-worn land of Patagonia at the very end of the Western Hemisphere. 

Steve's plan was to discover the weird, wonderful, and absurd in Central and South America, to seek and find the incredible, delightful people and experiences that came his way. And the book that resulted is just as fun. A blend of travel writing, history, and comic memoir, "The Wonder Trail" will inspire, inform, and delight.

Tickets for this event are $26.95 (+tax) and are now available on Event Brite. One ticket will include a copy of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War, which will be handed out at the event. This event will take place at All Saints Church at 132 N Euclid Ave, Pasadena. If there are any questions please call Vroman’s at (626) 449-5320 or visit us at www.vromansbookstore.com.

Those wishing to get books signed will be asked to purchase at least one copy of the author's most recent title from Vroman's. For each purchased copy of the newest title, customers may bring up to three copies from home to be signed. This policy applies to all Vroman's Bookstore events unless otherwise noted. Save your Vroman's receipt; it will be checked when you enter the signing line.  

ON-LINE TICKET SALES ARE NOW CLOSED.
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR AT ALL SAINTS CHURCH. 

Event date: 
Friday, June 17, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
132 N. Euclid Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
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$26.95
ISBN: 9780393245448
Availability: We Can Order This For You
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 7th, 2016

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