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A book of reasons, John Vernon

Label
A book of reasons
Title
A book of reasons
Statement of responsibility
John Vernon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"History in its minute particulars touches us all, and in the least expected ways." Every family has its odd character, the one member who never seems right with the world. In his brilliant pairing of family history with the history of civilization, John Vernon discovers the extraordinary sources of ordinary things in the life of his reclusive brother, Paul. When Paul died and John was charged with settling his affairs, he came face to face with a life he had never suspected. His brother's house in southern New Hampshire was in a state of squalid, shocking disrepair: piled high with a lifetime of trash, unheated and decrepit, pitifully unlivable. An assembly worker and an amateur inventor, Paul had managed to keep his sad and strange world hidden. The story of this troubled soul 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 clutter our lives with things' How do we make and understand our world' Vernon seeks answers in the most unexpected places. Buying a hammer and thermometer at Wal-Mart, that icon of consumerism, inspires a short history of tools and the discovery of mercury. Paul's wake occasions an investigation of blood circulation and embalming. Vernon voyages through science and physiology, culture and mythology, on a search "for a way to comprehend a life that left behind not splendid monuments but ordinary wreckage." The result is a book of reasons: reasons for his brother's way of life, reasons for his own response to Paul's death. Bringing to bear the narrative powers that distinguished his acclaimed historical novels Peter Doyle and All for Love, Vernon links the story of one odd individual to the surprising and irregular upheavals of history. In the process, he discovers how reasons, for all of us, are one means of learning to accept things that can never be explained
Action
digitized
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
OCLCE
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vernon, John
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3572.E76
LC item number
Z465 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vernon, John
  • Novelists, American
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Eccentrics and eccentricities
  • Brothers
  • Recluses
  • Vernon, John
  • Brothers
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Eccentrics and eccentricities
  • Families
  • Novelists, American
  • Recluses
  • United States
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Brothers -- Death -- Psychological aspects
  • Collectors and collecting -- Psychological aspects
  • Eccentrics and eccentricities -- United States
  • Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Family relationships
  • Recluses -- United States
  • Vernon, John, -- 1943- -- Family
Label
A book of reasons, John Vernon
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-272)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- I. Heat -- II. Tools -- III. Body -- IV. Corpse -- V. House -- VI. Origins -- Coda -- Works consulted
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 272 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781299891586
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Publisher number
EB00031743
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)647586436
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
A book of reasons, John Vernon
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-272)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- I. Heat -- II. Tools -- III. Body -- IV. Corpse -- V. House -- VI. Origins -- Coda -- Works consulted
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 272 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781299891586
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Publisher number
EB00031743
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)647586436
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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