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The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death (2012)

by Jill Lepore

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"A history of American ideas about life and death includes coverage of topics ranging from the 17th-century Englishman who investigated a belief about life starting with eggs and the heated debates over Darwin's evolutionary findings to the role of the Space Age in changing views on planetary life to the 1970s trends in cryogenics." --Publishers descriptionA history of American ideas about life and death from before the cradle to beyond the grave.… (more)
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Just a note that a lot of this book was previously published in the New Yorker, so will not be new to longtime readers. It's more of a collection of pieces than a cohesive whole, but the essays themselves are interesting. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
A beautiful, bizarre, rambling history of life stages. ( )
  tertullian | Jan 22, 2019 |
Really 3 1/2 stars. Not quite the tour-de-force the reviews led me to believe it was. Interesting, but disconnected. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
Some interesting stories in this book, but at times a bit dry. ( )
  Iambookish | Dec 14, 2016 |
Really 3 1/2 stars. Not quite the tour-de-force the reviews led me to believe it was. Interesting, but disconnected. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
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At this amusement each will find
A moral fit t'improve the mind.
- The Mansion of Happiness
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To John Demos
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This book is a history of ideas about life and death from before the cradle to beyond the grave.
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"A history of American ideas about life and death includes coverage of topics ranging from the 17th-century Englishman who investigated a belief about life starting with eggs and the heated debates over Darwin's evolutionary findings to the role of the Space Age in changing views on planetary life to the 1970s trends in cryogenics." --Publishers descriptionA history of American ideas about life and death from before the cradle to beyond the grave.

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