post 2017 Events!

May 18th, 2017


Traverse City, MI

City Opera House

106 E. Front Street

Wednesday, June 7 -  7:00 p.m.


Maplewood, NJ

Maplewood – So Orange Books Festival

South Orange Performing Arts Center


Friday, June 9 - 8:00 p.m.


New York, N.Y.

New York Academy of Medicine

1216 Fifth Avenue @103rd

Monday, June 12 - 6:00 p.m.


Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.

Croton Reads

171 Cleveland Drive

June 13 – 7:00 p.m.


Lafayette, CA

Lafayette Library

3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd

June 20 - 7:00 p.m.


Salt Lake City, UT

Weller Book Works

Salt Lake City Main Public Library

210 E. 400 South

Wednesday, June 21 – 7:00 p.m.


Portland, OR

Portland Series

Science on Tap

Alberta Rose Theatre

3000 NE Alberta Street

Thursday, June 22 – 6:00 p.m.




post Bucket List Complete

August 26th, 2013

Clarkson University let me drive their Zamboni, in a dress and 3″ heels, no less!

post Mary Roach with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

August 4th, 2010

About Packing for Mars:

Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations. As Mary Roach discovers, it’s possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA’s new space capsule (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

post Video!

July 27th, 2010

Here is a video that captures the essence of Packing for Mars. My wonderful publisher, W.W. Norton, had it made. It made me laugh out loud, something my own books only rarely do. Feel free to post, forward, blog about, tweet about, or ignore. Thanks, guys.

post My TED “pig orgasm” talk is up!

May 12th, 2009

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