Hello again, Mary Roach. You are ever so delightful.
In this book, Roach does indeed tackle the afterlife, starting with a bit of religion and then really focusing on spirits and mediums (media?) for the rest of the book. It’s not nearly as titillating as Bonk, but I do know a heck of a lot more about spirit phenomena than I did before!
My favorite part: in the religion section, Roach writes about reincarnation and spends some time with a reincarnation researcher in… India, I think… who finds cases where children are claiming to be remembering past lives and then going to where they live and where they think they used to live to try to fact-check the situation. I had never thought about people doing that — it makes perfect sense, but is almost too easy, yes?
Recommendation: Good for a car trip and for the spooks-enthusiast, but not the most thrilling book you’ll read all year.