A Man After His Own Heart: A True Story

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Three Rivers Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Science - 274 pages
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On a rainy December night in 1998, Charles Siebert was given the rare opportunity to accompany a team of surgeons both in the harvesting of a human heart from the body of a young woman who'd recently died, and in the subsequent implantation of that heart into a waiting recipient. Beginning with his harrowing weeklong wait for the harvest call, Siebert weaves a seamless series of reflections about history's obsession with this central and vital organ and about modern science's latest startling discoveries concerning both the heart's biological origins and its long-intuited role in the play of our emotions. The resulting mix is a journey into the literal and ?gurative heart of our being and the previously unexplored ways in which the matter of modern science and timeless metaphor meet.

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Man of letters Siebert (Wickerby; Angus) returns with an account of his self-described obsession with the heart and all its facets. His pensive reflections on his father's death from heart disease ... Read full review

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CHARLES SIEBERT’s essays, articles, and poems have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, Men’s Journal, and Outside. He is the author of two books, Wickerby: An Urban Pastoral, a New York Times notable book, and Angus: A Novel, available from Three Rivers Press.


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