“Roy Meals has done for bone what Mark Kurlansky did for salt: he saw the possibilities in something that everyone takes for granted, and made it into a star. This is a paean to bone, a scientific primer as well as a cultural history, composed by a master of his subject.”—Ross MacPhee, curator, American Museum of Natural History; author of End of The Megafauna


“Wide-ranging, deeply researched and entertaining, Bones is a highly accessible examination of a complex topic. Meals has a real knack for explaining complicated phenomena like bone growth, fractures and healing in an imaginative, jargon-free manner. A must read for anyone with a backbone.”—Bill Schutt, author of Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History


“An engaging journey for readers exploring and explaining the mysteries and wonders of the skeleton, illustrating the importance of bone in health and history in a wonderful story-telling style. Most informative and a real joy to read.”—Vernon Tolo, MD, Former President, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

“Orthopedic surgeon Meals lauds bone as the ultimate building material: “Manufactured on-site, it is also lightweight, durable, and responsive to changing conditions. … An educational, enjoyable, and sometimes quite surprising look at living bone and what becomes of it after death.” Tony Miksanek, Booklist

“An expansive and lively treatment of a material most of us take for granted.” Kirkus Review (starred)

“This appealing and kaleidoscopic narrative on bone topics, ranging from x-ray technology to the Paris catacombs, will appeal to readers interested in medicine and medical history, anthropology, archaeology, and material culture. Enjoyable and recommended.” Kelsy Peterson, Library Journal