On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.
"Dear Diary, Met a Boy & the World is Ending"
The need for change as we get older - an emotional pressure for one phase of our lives to transition into another - is a human phenomenon, neither male nor female. There simply comes a time in our lives - not fundamentally different from the way puberty separates childhood from adulthood - when it's time for one part of ourselves to die and for something new to be born.
"Baby Boomer Breakfast of Champions"
For centuries scientists have labored to identify and reverse the cause of aging, and now that effort has converged on one gland, one hormone, and one laboratory. The gland is the pineal - our body's natural timekeeper. The hormone is melatonin -- the pineal's messenger. The laboratory is headed by authors Drs. Pierpaoli and Regelson - who explain how to use melatonin to "reset" our biological clocks in order to live longer, healthier lives.
What if our 24-hour day grew longer, first in minutes, then in hours, until day becomes night and night becomes day? What effect would this slowing have on the world? On the birds in the sky, the whales in the sea, the astronauts in space, and on an 11-year-old girl grappling with emotional changes in her own life? One morning, Julia and her parents wake up to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth is noticeably slowing....