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Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith

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One of Studs Terkels most important oral histories, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? turns to the ultimate human experience—that of death. Called "extraordinary…a work of insight, wisdom, and freshness" by the Seattle Times when it was first published fifteen years ago, the book explores—with unrivaled compassion and wisdom—the indelible variety of reactions to mortality and the experience of death and the possibility of life afterward. Here a wide range of people addresses the unknowable culmination of our lives and its impact on the way we live, with memorable grace and poignancy. Included in this remarkable treasury of oral history are Terkels interviews with such famed figures as Kurt Vonnegut and Ira Glass as well as with a range of ordinary people, from policemen and firefighters to emergency health workers and nurses, who confront death in their everyday lives.

Whether a Hiroshima survivor or an AIDS caseworker, a death-row parolee or a woman who emerged from a two-year coma, these interviewees offer tremendous eloquence as they deal with a topic many are reluctant to discuss openly and freely. Rich, moving, and inspiring, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? is a stunning capstone to Terkels extraordinary career. Only Terkel, whom Cornel West called "an American treasure," could have elicited such honesty and grace from people reflecting on the lives they have led and what lies before them still.

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In Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, the writer Cornel West called "an American treasure" turns to the ultimate human experience—that of death and the possibility of life afterward. Here, a wide range of people addresses that final experience and its impact on the way we live. From a Hiroshima survivor to an AIDS caseworker, from a death-row parolee to a woman who emerged from a two-year coma, these interviewees find an eloquence and grace in dealing with a topic many of us have yet to discuss openly and freely. In a stunning capstone to his extraordinary career, Terkel introduces to us the variety of our reactions to lifes ultimate experience.

About the Author

Studs Terkel (1912–2008) was the bestselling author of twelve books of oral history, including Hope Dies Last, Working, Race, and the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Good War (all available from The New Press). He was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Presidential National Humanities Medal and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781620970119
Author:
Terkel, Studs
Publisher:
New Press
Author:
Gross, Jane
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20141031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » Grief
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

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In Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, the writer Cornel West called "an American treasure" turns to the ultimate human experience—that of death and the possibility of life afterward. Here, a wide range of people addresses that final experience and its impact on the way we live. From a Hiroshima survivor to an AIDS caseworker, from a death-row parolee to a woman who emerged from a two-year coma, these interviewees find an eloquence and grace in dealing with a topic many of us have yet to discuss openly and freely. In a stunning capstone to his extraordinary career, Terkel introduces to us the variety of our reactions to lifes ultimate experience.
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