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March 5th, 2019

Mar. 5th, 2019

Lose WellLose Well by Chris Gethard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A self-help book mixed with some recollections from the career of cult comedian Gethard. He may not be the best known or most successful (by whatever terms you choose), but he has achieved a kind of success and stardom largely on his own terms. His advice, as the title suggests, is unconventional as well, but worthwhile. A pleasantly surprising, entertaining, and motivating read.




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Mar. 5th, 2019

The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to LiveThe Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live by Heather B. Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


An inspiring, riveting memoir. Heather B. Armstrong, known for dooce.com, was struggling with a crippling depression. Desperate for help, she agrees to an experimental treatment where she is "killed" - placed into a chemically induced brain death for fifteen minutes - ten times. She bravely recounts the experience of the experiment, but also her deep depression, its causes, and its effects on her family. Powerful brave writing. Highly recommended.

[I received an advanced e-galley from Netgalley. The book will be published April 23, 2019.]



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Mar. 5th, 2019

Learning to Die: Wisdom in the Age of Climate CrisisLearning to Die: Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis by Robert Bringhurst

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Three short philosophical essays about how people should live amidst climate catastrophe and the coming extinction. Their answers are steeped in classical philosophy and regard what it means to be a good person (the ultimate question of philosophy) in any age. For those of a philosophical bent, this book has a lot to offer.



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