The Thing About Life is That One Day You'll be Dead
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The Thing About Life is That One Day You'll be Dead

By (author) David Shields

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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.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 16mm | 173g
  • 03 Mar 2011
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 0141049499
  • 9780141049496
  • 279,006

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David Shields is the author of nine other books, including Reality Hunger and Black Planet, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has been translated into a dozen languages. www.davidshields.com

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So pure and wide in its implications that I think of it almost as a secular, unsentimental Kahlil Gibran: a textbook for the acceptance of our fate on earth -- Jonathan Lethem Breathtaking ... Shields had us laughing out loud, even in the face of death Timeout, Chicago Mix equal parts of anatomy and autobiography, science and self-disclosure, physiology and family history; shake, stir, add dashes of miscellany, pinches of borrowed wisdom, simmer over a low-grade fever of mortality, and a terrible beauty of a book is born -- Thomas Lynch Boston Globe Shields is a sharp-eyed, self-deprecating, at times hilarious writer Wall Street Journal

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