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The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead
by: David Shields
0307387968 / 9780307387967

Book Description:
New York Times bestseller Best Nonfiction Book of the Year, TimeOut Chicago Chosen by Artforum as one of the 25 best books of the year Best Reads of 2008, Salon Chosen as one of the twenty best nonfiction books of 2008, Seattle Times Chosen by Amazon as one of its Significant Seven for February 2008 and one of the 50 best books of the year Powell's Books New Favorite, Staff Pick BookSense Selection Finalist for the Washington State Book Award, 2009 Mesmerized and somewhat unnerved by his 97-year-old father's vitality and optimism, David Shields undertakes an original investigation of our flesh-and-blood existence, our mortal being. Weaving together personal anecdote, biological fact, philosophical doubt, cultural criticism, and the wisdom of an eclectic range of writers and thinkers--from Lucretius to Woody Allen--Shields expertly renders both a hilarious family portrait and a truly resonant meditation on mortality. The Thing About Life provokes us to contemplate the brevity and radiance of our own sojourn on earth and challenges us to rearrange our thinking in crucial and unexpected ways.

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