Must-Read Nonfiction Discussion

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Adults
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Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach. Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries--panic, exhaustion, heat, ​flies, ​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. Take a tour of duty with Roach, and you’ll never see our nation’s defenders in the same way again.

Get the book on cloudLibrary, Libby/OverDrive, or check out a book or audiobook from the library (Vernon Area Library card required).

Interlibrary loan copies of the book are available to Vernon Area Public Library cardholders (while supplies last); registration required.

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Zoom meeting

This event takes place on Zoom. Meeting format allows the group to interact with one another. Cameras are optional. After registration, you will receive an email with a link to join the event.