Natural Causes: Life, Death and the Illusion of Control

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Granta Publications, Apr 12, 2018 - Social Science

We tend to believe we have agency over our bodies, our minds and even our deaths. Yet emerging science challenges our assumptions of mastery: at the microscopic level, the cells in our bodies facilitate tumours and attack other cells, with life-threatening consequences.

In this revelatory book, Barbara Ehrenreich argues that our bodies are a battleground over which we have little control, and lays bare the cultural charades that shield us from this knowledge. Challenging everything we think we know about life and death, she also offers hope - that we find our place in a natural world teeming with animation and endless possibility.

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User Review  - brett.sovereign - LibraryThing

Short book that still occasionally seems padded or overly discursive with its criticism of modern medicine, science ( aspects of science historically rather), modern lifestyle trends in health and ... Read full review

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User Review  - JulieStielstra - LibraryThing

Ehrenreich's brilliant and moving Nickel and Dimed should be required reading for anyone with even a shred of interest in the plight of the working poor. I loved her acerbic Bright-Sided, skewering ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fifteen books, including the bestselling Smile or Die and Nickel and Dimed. She has written for Time, Harper's, the New York Times Magazine and various British newspapers including The Times and the Guardian. She lives in Virginia, USA.

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