How We Die [NOOK Book]


Winner 1994 National Book Award

Winner American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults

An international bestseller and National Book Award winner, Sherwin B. Nuland’s How We Die has become the definitive text on perhaps the single most universal human concern: death. This new edition includes an all-embracing and incisive afterword that examines the current state ...
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Winner 1994 National Book Award

Winner American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults

An international bestseller and National Book Award winner, Sherwin B. Nuland’s How We Die has become the definitive text on perhaps the single most universal human concern: death. This new edition includes an all-embracing and incisive afterword that examines the current state of health care and our relationship with life as it approaches its terminus. It also discusses how we can take control of our own final days and those of our loved ones. Nuland’s masterful How We Die has become a modern classic.

“Powerfully eloquent.... How We Die is a relentlessly frank and graphic description.... surprisingly absorbing.” — The New York Times

“Unforgettable.” — Kirkus Reviews

“You cannot read How We Die without becoming aware of your body, if ask it impermissible questions. You put the book down merely to pick it up again.” — The New Yorker

“Straight-forward, unsparing, yet deeply human.” — Anna Quindlen, The New York Times

“Engrossing.... We are in the hands of a remarkable portraitist.” — The New York Times Book Review

“Engrossing.... Hugely informative.” — Times Literary Supplement

“Eloquent and uncommonly moving reflections.... He has the rare ability to explain the abstruse in language that can be both meticulously exact and wondrously evocative.” — Time

“Any reader who is still not convinced of his own bound to be altered in some profound way by this book.... This is knowledge we all should have.” — USA Today

“Nuland’s work acknowledges, with unmatched clarity, the harsh realities of how life departs… There is compassion, and often wisdom, in every page.”- San Francisco Examiner

“Nuland combines the clinical eye of a physician with…emotional and philosophical reflectiveness.” — Newsday

“A shattering book: filled with pain, yet brimming with humanity. It’s impossible to read How We Die without realizing how earnestly we have avoided this most unavoidable of subjects--how we have protected ourselves by building a cultural wall of myths and lies. I don’t know of any writer or scientist who has shown the face of death as clearly, honestly, and compassionately as Sherwin Nuland does here.” — James Gleick

“Enthralling. It’s an original idea to look at death like this as if it were just another part of life, which indeed it is. The book ought to be frightening but it isn’t because Sherwin Nuland manages to make fascinating what is most terrifying and therefore entirely distracts us from the “I don’t want to know, I don’t want to think about it” attitude. Curiously, as we read, we do want to know, and instead of being shocked we become more and more interested.” — Ruth Rendell

“This is indeed a rare book. I do not recall ever reading a description of the final chapter of life that so eloquently describes the various ways in which death approaches. Dr. Nuland offers important and insightful vignettes that are both moving and hopeful. It is a book that all physicians and medical students should have in their library.” — James P. Nolan, M.D., Regent of the American College of Physicians and President of the American Association of Medical Professors

“In a remarkable feat of alchemy, Dr. Nuland has taken some technical and potentially depressing material and transformed it into a moving, readable and truly important book. Every doctor and every patient should read it.” — Rabbi Harold S. Kushner

“Everyone over the age of fifty should have this book, which tells us exactly what diseases may afflict us as we age, how we recognize them, and what to do about them. This doctor has done us a service by being so clear, so honest, and so unsentimental.”—Doris Lessing

“Nuland is an exceedingly wise and experienced physician, who draws on a lifetime’s clinical experience; a scholar and historian who draws on all of Western literature; and a deeply sensitive (and, one feels, vulnerable) human being, who draws on many personal experiences of observing the dying of family and friends, and the sense of their loss. These three voices—the clinical, the historical, and the personal—all blend to produce a narrative, a series of portraits or analyses of dying, as powerful and sensitive, and unsparing and unsentimental, as anything I have ever read. I found this a formidable book—I could read only a little at a time. Nuland argues passionately against two of the evils of our times—the medicalization of dying (and of endless intervention) and the opposite, its eroticization and mythologization. Having read this book, I find my perspectives have altered—I have fewer illusions about dying, but also less fear.” — Oliver Sacks, M.D.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149743469
  • Publisher: Chu Hartley Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/25/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 69,995
  • File size: 616 KB

Meet the Author

Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., was Clinical Professor of Surgery at Yale University until his retirement in 2009. The author of many books, he won the National Book Award for How We Die in 1994 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Book Critics Circle Award. In hardcover and paperback, How We Die was on the New York Times bestseller list for a total of thirty-four weeks. It has been translated into twenty-nine languages. Dr. Nuland died in 2014.
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