Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything

Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything

by Barbara Ehrenreich

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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed comes a brave, frank, and exquisitely written memoir that will change the way you see the world.

Barbara Ehrenreich is one of the most important thinkers of our time. Educated as a scientist, she is an author, journalist, activist, and advocate for social justice. In Living With a Wild God, she recounts her quest-beginning in childhood-to find ""the Truth"" about the universe and everything else: What's really going on? Why are we here? In middle age, she rediscovered the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence, which records an event so strange, so cataclysmic, that she had never, in all the intervening years, written or spoken about it to anyone. It was the kind of event that people call a ""mystical experience""-and, to a steadfast atheist and rationalist, nothing less than shattering.

In Living With a Wild God, Ehrenreich reconstructs her childhood mission, bringing an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's impassioned obsession with the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. The result is both deeply personal and cosmically sweeping-a searing memoir and a profound reflection on science, religion, and the human condition. With her signature combination of intellectual rigor and uninhibited imagination, Ehrenreich offers a true literary achievement-a work that has the power not only to entertain but amaze.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538733691
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 599,970
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of over a dozen books, including the New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed. Winner of the 2018 Erasmus Prize for her work as an investigative journalist, she has a PhD in cellular immunology from Rockefeller University and writes frequently about health care and medical science, among many other subjects. She lives in Virginia.

Table of Contents

Foreword xix

Chapter 1 The Situation 1

Chapter 2 Typing Practice 20

Chapter 3 The Trees Step Out of the Forest 45

Chapter 4 A Land without Details 63

Chapter 5 All, All Alone 86

Chapter 6 Encounter in Lone Pine 104

Chapter 7 Breakdown 122

Chapter 8 Anomalous Oscillations 140

Chapter 9 Suicide and Guilt 165

Chapter 10 Joining the Species 181

Chapter 11 Return to the Quest 199

Chapter 12 The Nature of the Other 216

Acknowledgments 239

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