Brewery Book Club: Grunt

Join us for the 11th meeting of the FHB book club!  We meet once a month at the brewery (3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm) and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly.

November's book is Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach, which is a non-fiction bestseller about all the fascinating small details about the military you may have not thought about before.  Described by the New York Times as "America's funniest science writer," Roach has a great way of presenting information in an easy, super approachable way.  She answers questions in the book you might not have thought to ask:  Why do snipers hate zippers?  How is a wedding gown like a bomb suit? Why are shrimp more dangerous to sailors than sharks? 

The book is available in paper, Kindle, and audio formats.  Please consider shopping local!  Brewery book club members are eligible for a 20% discount on book club books at Book World in Mason City.  

About the book

Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries―panic, exhaustion, heat, 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.

October 21
Fernando Ufret