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Staring at the Sun by Irvin D. Yalom
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Apr 08, 09

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Read in March, 2009

This book, about coming to terms with death, has a much more practical, tutorial style than some other Yalom books I've read. I thought that made it less interesting, but probably more helpful. He pulls gems of advice from his philosophical forefathers, but also includes observations from his own psychotherapy practice. And - because I think Yalom is the greatest - I loved the sense that he was blending his voice with those of other Great Thinkers who have pondered death. Also, Irv is no spring chicken and there's the sense that he wrote this book as if it could be his last. His voice is wise and generous, giving his readers the best insight he's accumulated about how to be mortal... maybe the biggest question of all.
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