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Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays (edició 2016)

de Michael Paterniti (Autor)

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"In this moving, lyrical, and ultimately uplifting collection of essays, Michael Paterniti turns a keen eye on the full range of human experience, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of everyday people. Michael Paterniti is one of the most original and empathic storytellers working today. His writing has been described as "humane, devastating, and beautiful" by Elizabeth Gilbert, "spellbinding" by Anthony Doerr, and "expansive and joyful" by George Saunders. In the seventeen wide-ranging essays collected for the first time in Love and Other Ways of Dying, he brings his full literary powers to bear, pondering happiness and grief, memory and the redemptive power of human connection. In the remote Ukranian countryside, Paterniti picks apples (and faces mortality) with a real-life giant; in Nanjing, China, he confronts a distraught jumper on a suicide bridge; in Dodge City, Kansas, he takes up residence at a roadside hotel and sees, firsthand, the ways in which the racial divide turns neighbor against neighbor. In each instance, Paterniti illuminates the full spectrum of human experience, introducing us to unforgettable everyday people and bygone legends, exploring the big ideas and emotions that move us. Paterniti reenacts Fran©ʹois Mitterrand's last meal in a rustic dining room in France and drives across America with Albert Einstein's brain in the trunk of his rental car, floating in a Tupperware container. He delves with heartbreaking detail into the aftermath of a plane crash off the coast of Nova Scotia, an earthquake in Haiti, and a tsunami in Japan--and, in searing swirls of language, unearths the complicated, hidden truths these moments of extremity teach us about our ability to endure, and to love. Michael Paterniti has spent the past two decades grappling with some of our most powerful subjects and incomprehensible events, taking an unflinching point of view that seeks to edify as it resists easy answers. At every turn, his work attempts to make sense of both love and loss, and leaves us with a profound sense of what it means to be human. As he writes in the Introduction to this book, "The more we examine the grooves and scars of this life, the more free and complete we become." Praise for Michael Paterniti "A fearless, spellbinding collection of inquiries by a brilliant, globally minded essayist whose writing is magic and whose worldview brims with compassion. Genius chefs, an eight-and-a-half-foot-tall giant, an earthquake, a jet crash, and a president who eats songbirds--the size of Michael Paterniti's curiosity is matched only by the size of his heart."--Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See "Michael Paterniti is a genius."--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of The Signature of All Things "Michael Paterniti is one of the best living practitioners of the art of literary journalism, able to fully elucidate and humanize the everyday and the epic. In his hands, every subject, every moment of personal or global upheaval, is treated with the same curiosity, respect, empathy, and clear-eyed wisdom."--Dave Eggers, author of The Circle "I have been waiting years for this collection. In each of these essays, Michael Paterniti unveils life for us, the beauty and heartbreak of it, as we would never see it ourselves but now can never forget it. Paterniti is brilliant--a rare master--and one of my favorite authors on earth."--Lily King, author of Euphoria"--… (més)
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Títol:Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays
Autors:Michael Paterniti (Autor)
Informació:Dial Press Trade Paperback (2016), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
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I really enjoyed this collection. Each and every piece was unique, not only in topic, but also in style. The variation made it a very interesting read. At the same time, each essay was written beautifully and thoughtfully, and I was left feeling extremely reflective at the end of each, which honestly made it a tough book to get through in any short amount of time. On the other hand, this is a perfect collection to quickly pick up in moments of introspection and savor one essay at a time. ( )
  patriciathang | Jun 28, 2016 |
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I received this as an ARC through librarything from the publisher, although it took them awhile to get it to me. Kind of like it took me awhile to read it. The first quarter of the book was painful. I'd never read an essay collection before, and if the first bit of this was any reflection on what a majority of them are like, I will never read one again. Often long-winded, the first few were uneventful and uninteresting. Of them, the worst was "Driving Mr. Albert". It went on for what seemed like an eternity and its ending was lackluster at best. If I had to select one essay to take out of this group, it'd be that one. The others I could at least live with. I understand not wanting to start off with a bunch of essays that grab your face and force you to read them, but "Driving Mr. Albert" did the exact opposite. I'm convinced that it actually closed the cover on itself a few times while I was reading it.

Anyway, after that God-awful essay, they really pick up. "The Accident" really snaps you out of the monotony that had been set up in the previous few. That one definitely takes some time to digest though. After I finished that one (around 1 am) I ended up sitting up for at least another hour thinking it over and playing it out in my head. I didn't pick up the book for another few days because I kept thinking about that essay. The rest were good, but I think "The Accident"hit me the most.

To conclude, I'd recommend this, but not in its entirety. Skip ahead to "The Giant" and then again to "The Accident". After that, you can read the rest until the end, but there are a lot that are just a complete bore in the beginning. Oh also, to be fair, I would not consider this a book that can't be put down. It most definitely can, BUT you will not want to put it down mid-essay. Each holds you attention individually. ( )
  cebellol | May 3, 2016 |
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A magnificent, moving collection of essays that is inspirational to read. THIS is literary journalism at it's finest - both beautiful, heart-felt and intelligent. It took quite some time to make it all the way through, but it is worth the read - no matter the length. A must read! ( )
  myownwoman | Apr 12, 2016 |
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I received this book for free from Early Reviewers. I absolutely loved this book and most of the 17 true short stories included. The stories are mostly about death and disasters. I found it very informative and learned a lot about the past history.

For the rest of the review, visit my blog at: http://angelofmine1974.livejournal.com/101432.html ( )
  booklover3258 | Feb 6, 2016 |
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Received this through LTER and waited more than six months to get it in the mail. But so worth the wait. Some of the short stories were unbelievably moving and will stay in your head long after reading. I especially liked the story of the doomed flight and the aftermath. The only one I had been familiar with was Alberts brain, which turned out to be one of my least favorite. Other reviewers have gone into great detail on the various stories, so no point in duplicating. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. ( )
  andrea58 | Jan 12, 2016 |
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"In this moving, lyrical, and ultimately uplifting collection of essays, Michael Paterniti turns a keen eye on the full range of human experience, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of everyday people. Michael Paterniti is one of the most original and empathic storytellers working today. His writing has been described as "humane, devastating, and beautiful" by Elizabeth Gilbert, "spellbinding" by Anthony Doerr, and "expansive and joyful" by George Saunders. In the seventeen wide-ranging essays collected for the first time in Love and Other Ways of Dying, he brings his full literary powers to bear, pondering happiness and grief, memory and the redemptive power of human connection. In the remote Ukranian countryside, Paterniti picks apples (and faces mortality) with a real-life giant; in Nanjing, China, he confronts a distraught jumper on a suicide bridge; in Dodge City, Kansas, he takes up residence at a roadside hotel and sees, firsthand, the ways in which the racial divide turns neighbor against neighbor. In each instance, Paterniti illuminates the full spectrum of human experience, introducing us to unforgettable everyday people and bygone legends, exploring the big ideas and emotions that move us. Paterniti reenacts Fran©ʹois Mitterrand's last meal in a rustic dining room in France and drives across America with Albert Einstein's brain in the trunk of his rental car, floating in a Tupperware container. He delves with heartbreaking detail into the aftermath of a plane crash off the coast of Nova Scotia, an earthquake in Haiti, and a tsunami in Japan--and, in searing swirls of language, unearths the complicated, hidden truths these moments of extremity teach us about our ability to endure, and to love. Michael Paterniti has spent the past two decades grappling with some of our most powerful subjects and incomprehensible events, taking an unflinching point of view that seeks to edify as it resists easy answers. At every turn, his work attempts to make sense of both love and loss, and leaves us with a profound sense of what it means to be human. As he writes in the Introduction to this book, "The more we examine the grooves and scars of this life, the more free and complete we become." Praise for Michael Paterniti "A fearless, spellbinding collection of inquiries by a brilliant, globally minded essayist whose writing is magic and whose worldview brims with compassion. Genius chefs, an eight-and-a-half-foot-tall giant, an earthquake, a jet crash, and a president who eats songbirds--the size of Michael Paterniti's curiosity is matched only by the size of his heart."--Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See "Michael Paterniti is a genius."--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of The Signature of All Things "Michael Paterniti is one of the best living practitioners of the art of literary journalism, able to fully elucidate and humanize the everyday and the epic. In his hands, every subject, every moment of personal or global upheaval, is treated with the same curiosity, respect, empathy, and clear-eyed wisdom."--Dave Eggers, author of The Circle "I have been waiting years for this collection. In each of these essays, Michael Paterniti unveils life for us, the beauty and heartbreak of it, as we would never see it ourselves but now can never forget it. Paterniti is brilliant--a rare master--and one of my favorite authors on earth."--Lily King, author of Euphoria"--

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