Mary Roach Biography
Mary Roach grew up in a small house in Etna, New Hampshire. She graduated from Wesleyan in 1981, and then
moved out to San Francisco s. She spent a few years working as a
freelance copy editor before landing a half-time PR job at the SF Zoo. During that time she wrote freelance articles for the local newspaper's Sunday
Though she mostly focuses on writing books, she writes the occasional magazine
piece. These have run in Outside, National Geographic, New Scientist, Wired, and
The New York Times Magazine, as well as many others. A
1995 article of herse called "How to Win at Germ Warfare" was a National Magazine
Award Finalist, and in 1996, her article on earthquake-proof bamboo houses took
the Engineering Journalism Award in the general interest magazine category. Mary Roach also reviews books for The New York Times.
Her first book, Stiff, was an offshoot of a column she wrote for Salon.com. Her other books include Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, and Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.
This biography was last updated on 08/13/2011.
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