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The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death
By Jill Lepore and Coleen Marlo (narrator)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Brilliance Audio
Publication date June 5, 2012
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781455882731
ISBN-10 1455882739
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 5.25 in.
Weight 0.52 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $29.99
Other format details audio
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Renowned Harvard scholar and New Yorker staff 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 Happiness is delightful, learned, and altogether beguiling.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780307592996
 
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (June 5, 2012)
9780307592996 | details & prices | 282 pages | 6.50 × 10.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $27.95
About: Renowned Harvard scholar and New Yorker staff 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.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780307476456
 
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (March 26, 2013)
9780307476456 | details & prices | 282 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Renowned Harvard scholar and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has written a strikingly original, ingeniously conceived, and beautifully crafted history of American ideas about life and death from before the cradle to beyond the grave.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Coleen Marlo (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio (June 5, 2012)
9781455882731 | details & prices | 6.25 × 5.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.52 lbs | List price $29.99
About: Renowned Harvard scholar and New Yorker staff 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.
With Coleen Marlo (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (June 5, 2012)
9781455882755 | details & prices | 5.50 × 7.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.15 lbs | List price $24.99
About: Renowned Harvard scholar and New Yorker staff 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.

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