50/50 [videodisc] by Summit Entertainment presents ; in association with Mandate Pictures ; a Point Grey production ; produced by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen, Ben Karlin ; written by Will Reiser ; directed by Jonathan Levine — I wasn't sure how the humor would interact with the serious topic in this movie about a young cancer patient with 50/50 odds of survival, but I enjoyed it. Don't watch it if you're not in the mood to cry, but by the same token, don't watch it if you're not in the mood to laugh. Yes, it's a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.
Stiff: the curious lives of human cadavers by Mary Roach — Probably should have skipped this one on my lunch break, but I thought it was fascinating nonetheless. I'm a sucker for medical history, and the author covers the uses and abuses of human cadavers from medical treatments to scientific inquiry to disposal methods. Oddly enough, I wasn't really put off by any of the information, and I learned about some very cool methods of body disposal that were introduced locally (yes, southeast Michigan is featured several times in this enthralling tome).