Love and other ways of dying : essays / Michael Paterniti.

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      Summary: "In this moving, lyrical, and ultimately uplifting collection of essays, Michael Paterniti turns a keen eye on the full range of human experience, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of everyday people. Michael Paterniti is one of the most original and empathic storytellers working today. His writing has been described as "humane, devastating, and beautiful" by Elizabeth Gilbert, "spellbinding" by Anthony Doerr, and "expansive and joyful" by George Saunders. In the seventeen wide-ranging essays collected for the first time in Love and Other Ways of Dying, he brings his full literary powers to bear, pondering happiness and grief, memory and the redemptive power of human connection. In the remote Ukranian countryside, Paterniti picks apples (and faces mortality) with a real-life giant; in Nanjing, China, he confronts a distraught jumper on a suicide bridge; in Dodge City, Kansas, he takes up residence at a roadside hotel and sees, firsthand, the ways in which the racial divide turns neighbor against neighbor. In each instance, Paterniti illuminates the full spectrum of human experience, introducing us to unforgettable everyday people and bygone legends, exploring the big ideas and emotions that move us. Paterniti reenacts François Mitterrand's last meal in a rustic dining room in France and drives across America with Albert Einstein's brain in the trunk of his rental car, floating in a Tupperware container. He delves with heartbreaking detail into the aftermath of a plane crash off the coast of Nova Scotia, an earthquake in Haiti, and a tsunami in Japan--and, in searing swirls of language, unearths the complicated, hidden truths these moments of extremity teach us about our ability to endure, and to love. Michael Paterniti has spent the past two decades grappling with some of our most powerful subjects and incomprehensible events, taking an unflinching point of view that seeks to edify as it resists easy answers. At every turn, his work attempts to make sense of both love and loss, and leaves us with a profound sense of what it means to be human. As he writes in the Introduction to this book, "The more we examine the grooves and scars of this life, the more free and complete we become." Praise for Michael Paterniti "A fearless, spellbinding collection of inquiries by a brilliant, globally minded essayist whose writing is magic and whose worldview brims with compassion. Genius chefs, an eight-and-a-half-foot-tall giant, an earthquake, a jet crash, and a president who eats songbirds--the size of Michael Paterniti's curiosity is matched only by the size of his heart."--Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See "Michael Paterniti is a genius."--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of The Signature of All Things "Michael Paterniti is one of the best living practitioners of the art of literary journalism, able to fully elucidate and humanize the everyday and the epic. In his hands, every subject, every moment of personal or global upheaval, is treated with the same curiosity, respect, empathy, and clear-eyed wisdom."--Dave Eggers, author of The Circle "I have been waiting years for this collection. In each of these essays, Michael Paterniti unveils life for us, the beauty and heartbreak of it, as we would never see it ourselves but now can never forget it. Paterniti is brilliant--a rare master--and one of my favorite authors on earth."--Lily King, author of Euphoria"-- Provided by publisher.
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      The long fall of Flight one-eleven heavy -- He might just be a prophet -- Eating Jack Hooker's cow -- The giant -- Driving Mr. Albert -- The accident -- The 15-year layover -- The most dangerous beauty -- The American hero (in four acts) -- City of dust -- The suicide catcher -- 11:20 -- Mr. Nobody -- Never forget -- The man who sailed his house -- The house that Thurman Munson built -- The last meal.
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      PATERNITI, M. Love and other ways of dying : essays. [s. l.]: Dial Press, 2015. ISBN 9780385337021. Disponível em: Acesso em: 8 dez. 2019.
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LJ Reviews 2015 March #2

Journalist Paterniti (The Telling Room) is a frequent contributor to Esquire, GQ, and the New York Times Magazine, and it was in those heavyweight publications that these 17 essays originally saw print. The author is a practitioner of "longform" journalism, a style that is essentially just "new journalism" rebranded for an audience who prefers information served in 140-character portions. There are several reasons why Paterniti's editors give him the freedom to weave his yarns at great length; for one, he's possessed of the rare ability to craft long sentences that don't run-on. And his narratives are vehicles for rich, visual descriptions; his writing has an almost-cinematic quality that guides the reader's mental camera effortlessly through his characters' physical and psychological landscapes. Paterniti identifies closely with his subjects—often to one specific person to whom he has become attached—and they in turn kindle the obsessions that drive his journalism. Although a subtle humor abounds, Paterniti shows his greatest strength in his depictions of tragedy, as he investigates a terrible plane crash, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and a bridge in China that is popular for suicides. Here, he dramatizes his reporting while avoiding melodrama and, somehow, conveys the terrible, angry grief that is awakened by loss. VERDICT A wide variety of places and people are given Paterniti's trademark scrutiny here, and the resulting essays are illuminating and pleasantly verbose. Because it is a collection of writing from popular press, this should have broad appeal. In particular, those who remain in unplanned withdrawal from David Foster Wallace's nonfiction should give this book a shot.—Chris Wieman, Univ. of the Sciences Libs., Philadelphia

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PW Reviews 2015 January #2

Readers familiar with Paterniti's Driving Mr. Albert and The Telling Room know just how quirky his storytelling can be. Fans of solid narrative nonfiction will appreciate the breadth of subject matter and depth of reporting evident in his latest collection, which pulls together 17 pieces previously published in such venues as the New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. Throughout, he manages to inject his own personality without straying too far from the topic at hand. "The Accident," for example, recalls a decades-ago car crash in his hometown that killed a childhood friend. Paterniti recognizes the perspective that distance, both physical and metaphorical, can afford: "We were teenagers then. We knew everything—and nothing. What we lacked was context, wisdom, time on earth... some of which we have now." "The House that Thurman Munson Built" celebrates an early hero of his, a catcher for the New York Yankees in the 1970s. Other selections visit China ("The Suicide Catcher") and Cambodia ("Never Forget"). Still others deal with the fundamentals of eating. "He Might Just Be a Prophet" and "The Last Meal" focus on Ferran Adria's El Bulli restaurant and cancer-stricken former French president Francois Mitterrand's final repast, respectively. Whether writing about tragedy, sports, politics, or food, Paterniti effectively creates vivid worlds. He transports his audience, managing to simultaneously entertain and enlighten. (Mar.)

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