U-Turn: What If You Woke Up One Morning and Realized You Were Living the Wrong Life?

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 1, 2008 - Psychology - 352 pages
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In this impressively researched and incisive book, Bruce Grierson draws on over three hundred stories of so-called "U-turners," who have risked their livelihoods to answer a sudden wake-up call. We meet people who change political parties and careers, doctors who quit to become poets, men who become women, people who suddenly become revolutionaries for a cause they didn't care about the day before. In chapters that address everything from the neuroscience behind epiphanies to the possibility of "forcing" a U-turn, Grierson brilliantly describes and elucidates this powerful, mysterious phenomenon, and in doing so illuminates all of our continual struggles with life choices and identity.
 

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An interesting book about people who radically changed their lives, mostly after some significant "lightening bolt" experience. The author profiles people like Julia "Butterfly" Hill, the redwood tree ... Read full review

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I was much more excited about this book from the first ten pages than it turned out to deserve. While there were a lot of interesting anecdotes about people who made drastic changes in their lives ... Read full review

Contents

The Burning Spear
11
The Time of Reckoning
25
The Likely Candidate
43
The Condemned Twin
64
The Revolutionary Evolution
96
The Crying Baby
120
The Change of Heart
131
The Kandinsky Decision
154
The Good Hypocrite
201
The Thought Experiment
223
The Parole Boards Dilemma
245
The Earth As Seen from Space
271
Notes
289
Selected Bibliography
315
Acknowledgments
325
Index
327

The Road to Damascus
170

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About the author (2008)

Bruce Grierson has been nominated for eight Canadian National MagazineAwards, and is the coauthor of Culture Jam. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and daughter.

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