Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer (Hardcover)

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Bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich explores how we are killing ourselves to live longer, not better.
p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 15.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 18.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} A combination of The American Way of Death and How We Die, NATURAL CAUSES provides a refreshing appraisal on how we over-prepare and worry way too much about ourselves and what is inevitable.

At a certain time in our lives -- perhaps when the first gray hair is spotted, a grandparent dies, or a doctor says to watch your cholesterol -- we begin to grasp the fact that we will someday die. We may push this knowledge to the back of our minds, buy expensive anti-aging products or cosmetic surgery, get preventative screenings and eat more kale, or throw ourselves into religion and spirituality. But all these things only offer the illusion of control, and how to live well -- and accept our mortality -- is the vitally important philosophical challenge of this book.

Drawing on varied sources, from personal experience and sociological trends to pop culture and current scientific literature to interviews with experts, scientists, fitness coaches, and "end-of-life counselors," NATURAL CAUSES examines the ways in which we as a society obsess over death, our bodies, and our health. Ehrenreich then turns her unflinching gaze on the seemingly unsolvable problem of how we might better prepare ourselves for the end -- while still enjoying the present.

About the Author


Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of over a dozen books, including the New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed. She has a PhD in cellular immunology from Rockefeller University and writes frequently about health care and medical science, among many other subjects. She lives in Virginia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781455535910
ISBN-10: 1455535915
Publisher: Twelve
Publication Date: April 10th, 2018
Pages: 256
Language: English