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The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever by [Adam Leith Gollner]

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The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever Kindle Edition

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"Adam Leith Gollner possesses a talent as rare and exotic as a coconut pearl…. Lustrous and exhilarating… The talents of a food writer, investigative journalist, poet, travel writer and humorist grafted onto one unusual specimen. Long may he thrive." (Mary Roach New York Times Book Review)

“You'll delight in Gollner's globe-trotting adventures seeking exotic produce.” (Entertainment Weekly)

"A probing inquiry into the most insistent of human hopes." (Booklist (starred review))

"An epic quest to understand the nature of immortality... An engrossing, immensely fascinating tour of beliefs." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Highly enjoyable…. Gollner is a good sport and a fine wordsmith. Part Mary Roach, part Joe Strummer of the Clash, he injects punk energy and invention into the genre of quirky scientific nonfiction. Long may he write.” (Wall Street Journal)

"[An] engrossing look at the way centuries of humans have sought the secret to eternal life through religion, magic, and science." (Parade)

"Sharp reporting and good-humor... Adam Gollner has done a terrific job of reminding us that, though we all have to die, it may not be the worst thing." (NY1, "The Book Reader")

“Bold, entertaining, thought-provoking… The Book of Immortality is first-rate entertainment, a blast of intellectual stimulation and vivid reporting.” (Shelf Awareness)

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Starred Review. In an effort as ambitious as it is (probably) impossible, former Vice editor Gollner (The Fruit Hunters) embarks on an epic quest to understand the nature of immortality. His exhaustive research leaves no fountain of youth untasted, no faith unexamined, and no pseudoscience unquestioned. This book is both a personal journey and an extensive overview of the ways in which humans cope with the idea of death and attempt to defy the aging process. Gollner approaches a number of religions with respectful curiosity, chatting with Jesuits, Sufi Muslims, Hasidic Jews, and more to gain perspective on the nature of the afterlife. He hobnobs with magician David Copperfield (who claims to have discovered a fountain of youth on his private island) and heads to Florida in search of Ponce de León's fabled find. He tours cryonic facilities, attends a get-together of immortalists and a Harvard-sponsored anti-aging symposium, and wraps it up with a Buddhist Elixir of Life ceremony. It's an engrossing, immensely fascinating tour of beliefs and attitudes about death, presented with a relatively unbiased, if skeptical, eye. There is no one true answer provided here; in fact, there may be too many answers. As Gollner puts it, We haven't yet found certainty. We can uncertainly state that we likely never will. His attempt may be the next best thing. Agent: Michelle Tessler, Tessler Literary Agency. (Aug. 20) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00A28JCDG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scribner; Reprint edition (August 20, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 20, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3690 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 417 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1439109435
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.4 out of 5 stars 28 ratings

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