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The thing about life is that one day you'll be dead

Author: David Shields
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The author melds personal history with frank biological data about every stage of life, creating an "autobiography about my body" that seeks meaning in death, but moreover, life. Shields filters his frank--and usually foreboding--data through his own experience as a 51-year-old father with burgeoning back pain, contrasting his own gloomy tendencies with the defiant perspective of his own 97-year-old father, a man  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: David Shields; David Shields; David Shields; David Shields; David Shields
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Shields
ISBN: 9780307268044 0307268047
OCLC Number: 154799615
Description: xvi, 225 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Prologue: Letter to My Father xv --
Infancy and Childhood --
Our Birth Is Nothing but Our Death Begun 3 --
Decline and Fall (i) 9 --
Boys vs. Girls (i) 12 --
Origins 14 --
Paradise, Soon Lost 19 --
News Flash: We Are Animals 23 --
Motherhood 27 --
The Actuarial Prime of Life, or Why Children Don't Like Spicy Food 29 --
Sex and Death (i) 32 --
Hoop Dream (ii) 34 --
Bloodline to Star Power (i) 37 --
Adolescence --
Rattlesnake Lake 43 --
Boys vs. Girls (ii) 49 --
Why Lionesses Prefer Dark Brunettes, or Why Both Men and Women Are Attracted to Deep Voices 53 --
Superheroes 59 --
Hoop Dreams (iv and v) 66 --
Dying Just a Little 71 --
Ye Olde Mind-Body Problem 78 --
Sex and Death (ii) 81 --
Adulthood and Middle Age --
Decline and Fall (ii) 87 --
Bloodline to Star Power (ii) 98 --
Boys vs. Girls (iii) 102 --
Sex Changes (Everything) 104 --
Memento Mori 108 --
The Trouble with Being Food 111 --
Everything I Know I've Learned from My Bad Back 114 --
Notes on the Local Swimming Hole 121 --
Sex and Death (iii) 124 --
Hoop Dream (viii) 135 --
Old Age and Death --
Decline and Fall (iii) 139 --
The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead 151 --
Boys vs. Girls (iv) 160 --
Chronicle of Death Foretold 164 --
Death Is the Mother of Beauty 173 --
Life Is That Which Gives Meaning to Life 176 --
How to Live Forever (i) 181 --
How to Live Forever (ii) 189 --
Bloodline to Star Power (iii) 200 --
Sex and Death (iv) 205 --
The Story Told One Last Time, from Beginning to End 211 --
Exit Interviews 214 --
Notes for Eulogy for My Father 218.
Responsibility: David Shields.
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The author melds personal history with frank biological data about every stage of life, creating an "autobiography about my body" that seeks meaning in death, but moreover, life. Shields filters his frank--and usually foreboding--data through his own experience as a 51-year-old father with burgeoning back pain, contrasting his own gloomy tendencies with the defiant perspective of his own 97-year-old father, a man who has waged a lifelong, urgent battle against the infirmities of time.--From amazon.com.

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