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Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

Percy, Walker

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ISBN 10: 0374191662 / ISBN 13: 9780374191665
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 1983
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Flat SIGNED by Walker Percy on the half title page. The volume is lightly edge rubbed and bumped at the spine ends. The price clipped dust jacket has short closed tears at the upper front corner and spine crown, each mended with thin strips of tape on the exterior. The jacket is sleeved in mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 14012513

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Title: Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition

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Synopsis:

Percy's second work of non-fiction is provocative, funny, infuriating and engaging, answering such questions as, why is it possible to learn more in ten minutes about the Crab Nebula, which is 6,000 light years away, than you presently know about yourself?

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The late Walker Percy's mordant contribution to the self-help book craze of the 1980s deals with the heavy abstraction of the Western mind and speculates about why writers may be the most abstracted and least grounded of all. (Before taking up novel writing, Percy was a medical doctor who became a patient in the very institution where he had worked.) The book disappeared for a time. Now it's back in print. Take the quizzes in it, then take a walk--you need to be back in the world before you write another word.

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