Hunger: An Unnatural Historyby Sharman Apt Russell
Every day, we wake up hungry. Every day, we break our fast. Hunger explores the range of this primal experience. Sharman Apt Russell, the highly acclaimed author of Anatomy
A subject as big as history and as everyday as skipping lunch-how does hunger work?-is explored in this thought-provoking, kaleidoscopic blend of science, anthropology, and personal reflection.
Every day, we wake up hungry. Every day, we break our fast. Hunger explores the range of this primal experience. Sharman Apt Russell, the highly acclaimed author of Anatomy of a Rose and An Obsession with Butterflies, takes us through the experience of hunger, from eighteen hours without food to thirty-six hours to seven days and beyond.
What she finds-both in our bodies and in cultures around the world-is extraordinary. In a fascinating survey of centuries of thought on the power of hunger, she discovers an ability to adapt to it that is nothing short of miraculous. From the fasting saints of the early Christian church to activists like Mahatma Gandhi, generations have used hunger to make spiritual and political statements. Russell highlights these remarkable cases where hunger can inspire and even heal, but she also addresses the devastating impact of famine and starvation on cultures around the world today. Written with consummate skill and a compassionate heart, and stocked with facts, figures, and fascinating lore, Hunger: An Unnatural History is a unique window on history and the human spirit.
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Meet the Author
Sharman Apt Russell is the author of several books, including Hunger and Songs of the Fluteplayer, which won the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award. She has written for publications including Discover and Nature Conservancy, and currently contributes to OnEarth, the magazine for the National Resource Defense Council. Russell teaches creative writing at Western New Mexico University and at Antioch University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in Silver City, New Mexico.
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