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The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead by David Shields
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Feb 22, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: spirit-self, own-it

I really like David Shields' writing. He has an intimate, authentic, casual tone that is wonderful. This book is all about death, and aging, and how inevitable they are, but it's also a personal memoir about Shields' life and about his father, who was 97 when the book was written and seemed to show no sign of dying soon. he alternates between floods of statistics about the decay of the human body over time, quotes by famous thinkers and celebrities about death and life, and anecdotes about his father and himself. It's a charming and touching book, though a bit scary and depressing, but I've heard that it's healthy and happy-making to think about a death every day a little bit, so this book is good for you.

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Reading Progress

February 22, 2011 – Shelved
September 28, 2011 – Shelved as: spirit-self
September 28, 2011 – Shelved as: own-it
December 27, 2011 – Started Reading
December 27, 2011 –
page 14
January 10, 2012 –
page 98
43.56% "this book is kind of depressing. but ironically, it should make me happier. people who think about death regularly are usually happier, studies show."
January 21, 2012 – Finished Reading

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