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November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide


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Written with the same graceful narrative voice that made his bestselling National Book Award finalist The Big House such a success, George Howe Colt's November of the Soul is a compassionate, compelling, thought-provoking, and exhaustive investigation into the subject of suicide. Drawing on hundreds of in-depth interviews and a fascinating survey of current knowledge, Colt provides moving case studies to offer insight into all aspects of suicide — its cultural history, the latest biological and psychological research, the possibilities of prevention, the complexities of the right-to-die movement, and the effects on suicide's survivors.

Presented with deep compassion and humanity, November of the Soul is an invaluable contribution not only to our understanding of suicide but also of the human condition.

About the Author

George Howe Colt is the bestselling author of The Big House, which was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times notable book of the year, and November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide.  He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, Anne Fadiman, and their two children.

Table of Contents



Preface to the First Edition

1 Adolescent Suicide

I Justin

II The Slot Machine

III Brian

IV Something in the Air

V Dana

VI "Use the Enclosed Order Form to Act Immediately.

You Could Save a Life"

VII Beginning to Close the Door

2 History

I Primitive Roots: The Rock of the Forefathers

II The Classical World: "He Is at Liberty to Die

Who Does Not Wish to Live"

III Renaissance and Enlightenment:

"It Is His Case, It May Be Thine"

IV Science: Moral Medicine and Vital Statistics

V Faith, Hopelessness, and 5HIAA

3 The Range of Self-Destructive Behavior

I Winner and Loser

II Under the Shadow

III The Manner of Dying

IV The Numbers Game

V Backing into the Grave

4 Prevention

I Connections

II Suicidology

III Treatment

IV Social Studies

V Life or Liberty

5 The Right to Die

I A Fate Worse Than Death

II "Your Good End in Life Is Our Concern!"

III "The Limits Are Obscure...and Every Errour Deadly"

IV A Model Hemlock Couple

6 Survivors

I Merryl and Carl

II The Mark of Cain

III Merryl: The Torture Chamber

IV The O'er-Fraught Heart

V Merryl: The Jigsaw Puzzle

VI A Safe Place

VII Merryl: The Building Blocks

VIII A Place for What We Lose

IX Merryl and Carl



Selected Bibliography



Product Details

Colt, George Howe
Scribner Book Company
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
February 2006
Grade Level:
9.28x6.32x1.51 in. 1.50 lbs.

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