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Reviews

  • So pure and wide in its implications that I think of it almost as a secular, unsentimental Kahlil Gibran: a textbook for the acceptance of our fate on earth

    Jonathan Lethem
  • Breathtaking . . . Shields had us laughing out loud, even in the face of death

    Timeout, Chicago
  • Mix equal parts of anatomy and autobiography, science and self-disclosure, physiology and family history; shake, stir, add dashes of miscellany, pinches of borrowed wisdom, simmer over a low-grade fever of mortality, and a terrible beauty of a book is born

    Thomas Lynch, Boston Globe
  • Shields is a sharp-eyed, self-deprecating, at times hilarious writer

    Wall Street Journal

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