Mary Roach’s books all share humorous and engaging prose, smartly dumbing down complex concepts for the lay reader. Almost all her books share another feature: One word, one syllable titles. Packing For Mars aside, Roach has become known for distilling the topics of her books into pithy single words, and so for this installment of A.V. Club Live, we ask her to do the same for books with long-winded titles.

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