The Thing about Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead

Shields, David

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ISBN 10: 0307387968 / 0-307-38796-8
ISBN 13: 9780307387967
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: Softcover
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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. 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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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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Book Description: Vintage, 2009. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Shields is a sharp-eyed, self-deprecating, at times hilarious writer." Stephen Bates,The Wall Street Journal "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,The Boston Globe "An edifying, wise, unclassifiable mixture of filial love and Oedipal rage." Lev Grossman,Time "A primer on aging and death for those who take theirs without the sugar. . . . There's a comfort to be found in this sober investigation of mortality, in Shields's clear-eyed look at the ways in which we come undone." Benjamin Alsup,Esquire "Enthralling . . . Fascinating . . . Ultimately, the humanity of Shields' interior and exterior exploration is what makesThe Thing About Lifeand life itselfworthwhile." Meredith Maran,The San Francisco Chronicle "Shields undergoes his midlife crisis and comes out the other sidemore accessible than ever before, more tender, 'nicer.' And yetThe Thing About Lifeadroitly sidesteps sentimentalityvery hard to do when the core of it is a son's love for his cranky, tenacious, irascible, geriatric, Jewish father. I love this book." David Guterson "[An] informative and occasionally unsettling meditation on [Shields's] own aging body and his [97-year-old] nonagenarian father's seemingly endless vigor and strength . . . He writes with great candor about the vitality of his father. . . Also woven into the text are clever quotes on matters corporeal from the likes of Wordsworth, Wittgenstein, Woody Allen, and Martha Graham. Shields's memoir is a sobering, at times poignant, reminder that none of us gets out of this life alive." Booklist "David Shields has accomplished something here 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 "It's a bold writer who dares to tackle head-on the subject of what it means to be humansomething that David Shields does with an extraordinary mixture of tenderness, humor, and inexhaustible curiosity." Jonathan Raban "The Thing About Lifegrabbed me from the start. It's extremely compelling, gorgeous in many places. I loved it. And I wish I had written it." Lauren Slater. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0307387968

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