When Collin Greer and Herbert Kohl were choosing selections for their award-winning children's reader, A Call to Character, they found many wonderful pieces that were too sophisticated for children but would greatly profit adults. Hence this book, which deals with adult issues such as divorce, sexual relations, jobs and professions, aging, spirituality and leadership. The editors include selections from such revered novelists as Albert Camus, Doris Lessing and Milan Kundera. Among the poets they have chosen are Adrienne Rich, Vaclav Havel and Samuel Beckett. From spiritual writers there are selections by Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Merton and Cornel West. Rounding out the selections are essays from such scientific authors as Stephen Jay Gould, Stephen Hawking and Susan Sontag. The aim of The Plain Truth of Things is to integrate personal, spiritual and social concerns and raise questions relating to the challenge of living decently in a complex world. The selections, combined with the editors' commentary, will help adults reflect on their place in the world and make sense out of the pressures they face.