Mailbox Monday

I’m looking forward to listening to this collection of essays: Love and Other Ways of Dying. Here is the description from Amazon:

“In this moving, lyrical, and ultimately uplifting collection of essays, Michael Paterniti turns a keen eye on the full range of human experience, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of everyday people. Michael Paterniti is one of the most original and empathic storytellers working today. His writing has been described as “humane, devastating, and beautiful” by Elizabeth Gilbert, “spellbinding” by Anthony Doerr, and “expansive and joyful” by George Saunders.

In the 17 wide-ranging essays collected for the first time in Love and Other Ways of Dying, he brings his full literary powers to bear, pondering happiness and grief, memory and the redemptive power of human connection. In the remote Ukranian countryside, Paterniti picks apples (and faces mortality) with a real-life giant; in Nanjing, China, he confronts a distraught jumper on a suicide bridge; in Dodge City, Kansas, he takes up residence at a roadside hotel and sees, firsthand, the ways in which the racial divide turns neighbor against neighbor. In each instance Paterniti illuminates the full spectrum of human experience, introducing us to unforgettable everyday people and bygone legends, exploring the big ideas and emotions that move us.

Paterniti reenacts Fran├žois Mitterrand’s last meal in a rustic dining room in France and drives across America with Albert Einstein’s brain in the trunk of his rental car, floating in a Tupperware container. He delves with heartbreaking detail into the aftermath of a plane crash off the coast of Nova Scotia, an earthquake in Haiti, and a tsunami in Japan – and, in searing swirls of language, unearths the complicated, hidden truths these moments of extremity teach us about our ability to endure and to love.

Michael Paterniti has spent the past two decades grappling with some of our most powerful subjects and incomprehensible events, taking an unflinching point of view that seeks to edify as it resists easy answers.”

Disclosure: I received a copy of Love and Other Ways of Dying from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

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14 Responses to Mailbox Monday

  1. Lucy says:

    Sounds like a great collection. Happy listening!

  2. Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews says:

    I’ve not seen this collection or author before and think it sounds right up my alley – thanks for bringing it to my attention Mary – enjoy!

  3. Pat @ Posting For Now says:

    Enjoy your new book!

  4. BermudaOnion (Kathy) says:

    I can only think of one or two collections of essays that I’ve read. I enjoyed them so don’t know why I don’t seek out more. This sounds interesting.

  5. Laurel-Rain Snow says:

    I do love the sound of this collection….who doesn’t enjoy the “full range of human experience.” Thanks for sharing…and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  6. Elizabeth (Silver's Reviews) says:

    I absolutely love the title.

    Not sure I would like the book, though. Not really into essays.

    I hope it is a wonderful read for you.

    Have a great week.

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  7. Serena says:

    Happy Reading

  8. carol says:

    Sounds like an interesting collection. Enjoy!