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A Book of Reasons

by Vernon, John

  • ISBN: 9780395944776
  • ISBN10: 0395944775

A Book of Reasons

by Vernon, John

  • List Price: $23.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
  • Publish date: 09/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780395944776
  • ISBN10: 0395944775
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Description: When his reclusive brother Paul died, John Vernon came face to face with a life he had never suspected. He found his brother's house in a state of squalid disrepair: piled high with a lifetime of trash, littered with animal corpses and excrement, unheated and decrepit. An assembly worker in the electronics industry and an amateur inventor, Paul had managed to keep his private world hidden from his family and acquaintances.

The story of Vernon's troubled brother is at once fascinating and tragic. And more: it cries out for reasons. Why does a childhood full of promise turn wrong? Why do we collect things: what use do they have? How do we make and understand our world? In search of answers, this "superb writer" (San Francisco Chronicle) leaps from one odd, individual life to all our lives and the things that clutter them, with excursions through the history of science, anatomy, and mythology. The result is revelatory, a brilliant account of the extraordinary source of everyday things.

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