Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays by Michael Paterniti audiobook

Love and Other Ways of Dying: Essays: Essays

By Michael Paterniti
Read by Richard Poe

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Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781511363761

  • ISBN: 9781511363761

Runtime: 14.50 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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 17 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 François 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“These pieces are exceptional artifacts of literary journalism.” Slate
“Journalism elevated beyond its ordinary capacities, well into the realm of literature.” Columbia Journalism Review

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Author

Author Bio: Michael Paterniti

Author Bio: Michael Paterniti

Michael Paterniti is a journalist, an essayist, and the bestselling author of Driving Mr. Albert and The Telling Room, the latter named one of the best books of the year by NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and The Christian Science Monitor. Nominated eight times for the National Magazine Award, he is also the recipient of an NEA grant and two MacDowell Fellowships. His stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Harper’s, Outside, Esquire, and GQ, where he works as a correspondent. He is the co-founder of a children’s storytelling center in Portland, Maine, where he lives with his wife and their three children.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Literary Collections
Runtime: 14.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English