The Book Of Immortality

by Adam Leith Gollner

Doubleday Canada | September 2, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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 "Gollner goes to the ends of the earth to talk to people who want to beat the clock--forever. So far, there''s no proof of success, but their efforts prove entertaining, and, through Gollner''s lens, touching as well." The Globe and Mail
     The author of the widely acclaimed The Fruit Hunters weaves together religion, science and magic in this Mark Kurlansky-style exploration of the most universal of human obsessions, immortality.
     With his singular curiosity, Gollner delves into a strange array of contemporary and historical characters and cults, religions and myths, and businesses all devoted to some form of immortality. His journey begins at a costume party thrown by a group of immortalists in California and ends on David Copperfield''s archipelago in the Bahamas, where Copperfield claims to have found the fountain of youth. Along the way he visits St. Augustine, Florida and its purported fountain of youth; Harvard University, where he attends an anti-aging symposium; and Esalen, where he meets a whole host of quirky characters who embody our fascination with escaping death.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 3.19 × 2.13 × 0.34 in

Published: September 2, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385667310

ISBN - 13: 9780385667319

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The Book Of Immortality

by Adam Leith Gollner

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 3.19 × 2.13 × 0.34 in

Published: September 2, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385667310

ISBN - 13: 9780385667319

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 "Gollner goes to the ends of the earth to talk to people who want to beat the clock--forever. So far, there''s no proof of success, but their efforts prove entertaining, and, through Gollner''s lens, touching as well." The Globe and Mail
     The author of the widely acclaimed The Fruit Hunters weaves together religion, science and magic in this Mark Kurlansky-style exploration of the most universal of human obsessions, immortality.
     With his singular curiosity, Gollner delves into a strange array of contemporary and historical characters and cults, religions and myths, and businesses all devoted to some form of immortality. His journey begins at a costume party thrown by a group of immortalists in California and ends on David Copperfield''s archipelago in the Bahamas, where Copperfield claims to have found the fountain of youth. Along the way he visits St. Augustine, Florida and its purported fountain of youth; Harvard University, where he attends an anti-aging symposium; and Esalen, where he meets a whole host of quirky characters who embody our fascination with escaping death.

About the Author

ADAM LEITH GOLLNER is the author of The Fruit Hunters. He has written for The New York Times, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, The Globe and Mail and Good Magazine. The former editor of Vice Magazine, he is also a musician and filmmaker. He lives in Montreal.

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 • "Highly enjoyable . . . . Gollner is a good sport and a fine wordsmith. Part Mary Roach, part Joe Strummer of the Clash, he injects punk energy and invention into the genre of quirky scientific nonfiction. Long may he write." Wall Street Journal
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