Mansion of Happiness A History of Life and Death

ISBN-10: 0307476456

ISBN-13: 9780307476456

Edition: N/A

Authors: Jill Lepore

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Renowned Harvard scholar andNew Yorkerstaff writer Jill Lepore has composed a strikingly original, ingeniously conceived, and beautifully crafted history of American ideas about life and death from before the cradle to beyond the grave.How does life begin? What does it mean? What happens when we die? “All anyone can do is ask,” Lepore writes. “That's why any history of ideas about life and death has to be, like this book, a history of curiosity.” Lepore starts that history with the story of a seventeenth-century Englishman who had the idea that all life begins with an egg and ends it with an American who, in the 1970s, began freezing the dead. In between, life got longer, the stages of life multiplied, and matters of life and death moved from the library to the laboratory, from the humanities to the sciences. Lately, debates about life and death have determined the course of American politics. Each of these debates has a history. Investigating the surprising origins of the stuff of everyday life—from board games to breast pumps—Lepore argues that the age of discovery, Darwin, and the Space Age turned ideas about life on earth topsy-turvy. “New worlds were found,” she writes, and “old paradises were lost.” As much a meditation on the present as an excavation of the past,The Mansion of Happinessis delightful, learned, and altogether beguiling.
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/26/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Jill Lepore is an associate professor of history at Boston University. She is the author ofThe Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity, which won the Bancroft Prize, Phi Beta Kappa’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award, the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians’ Book Prize, and the New England Historical Association’s Book Award. She is cofounder and coeditor of the Web magazine Common-place (www.common-place.org), and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Preface
Introduction The Mansion of Happiness
Hatched
Baby Food
The Children's Room
All About Erections
Mr. Marriage
Happiness Minutes
Confessions of an Amateur Mother
Happy Old Age
The Gate of Heaven
Resurrection
Last Words
A Chronology
Notes
Index
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