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The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everthing Else
     

The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everthing Else

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by Christopher Beha
 

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In The Whole Five Feet, Christopher Beha turns to the great books for answers after undergoing a series of personal and family crises and learning that his grandmother had used the Harvard Classics to educate herself during the Great Depression. The result is a smart, big-hearted, and inspirational mix of memoir and intellectual excursion that “deftly

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In The Whole Five Feet, Christopher Beha turns to the great books for answers after undergoing a series of personal and family crises and learning that his grandmother had used the Harvard Classics to educate herself during the Great Depression. The result is a smart, big-hearted, and inspirational mix of memoir and intellectual excursion that “deftly illustrates how books can save one’s life” (Helen Schulman).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802199904
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,130,193
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Christopher R. Beha is an assistant editor at Harper’s magazine. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Believer, Tin House, Bookforum, and elsewhere. He lives in New York City.

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The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everthing Else 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came to this lovely book serendipitously; I bought Whatever Happened to Sophie Wilder? (Recommended by Marvin Olasky in WORLD magazine) And I was looking at other books by Christopher Beha. The author celebrates, learning, living and love – in the midst of tears, and also simple pleasures. The subtitle captures his recounting of reading through this slender volume: The Whole Five Feet: What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everthing Else. Describing what he thought about some of the writers in this collection is artfully woven into vignettes he describes of his family, health, and writing. His recollections of a year devoted to reading through the Harvard Classics reminded me how much I missed in university! He left me with an impression of being on a “grand tour” of all that has been wonderful in western civilization with a gentle soul and friend. He made me reconsider why I keep writing, and that learning is never over as long as we are willing to read and think about what politicians, philosophers, poets, explorers and dreamers have written.