Have you ever find your school biology textbook, well, literally, funny? Some might say they find it "interesting", but funny? Nah, I don't think anyone would come forward raising his hand, giggling and telling how funny their biology book was. Now the good news is: Bill Bryson has come up with one. And in this book, Bryson is absolutely at his best.
So, what do we think about our most intimate possession, our body? As Bryson considers, "We pass our existence within this warm wobble of flesh and yet take it entirely for granted." So do I. How true! Bryson, maintaining his usual expertise (à la "A Short History of Nearly Everything"), writes the book in an entertaining and informative way. Our body is not only a complex subject, this is mysterious to say the least. And I've learned so much through this book.
So, I've long owned a machine (well, so much more than a machine, though) without a User's Manual, and at last I've laid my hands on one. You should, too. (Doubleday Hardcover edition, Penguin Books)