The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death

The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death

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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… (more)

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A sharp, illuminating history of ideas showing how America has wrestled with birth, childhood, work, marriage, old age and death.

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Publisher: Vintage (June 05, 2012)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 304 pages

File size: 2.5 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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