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What is it about humans that causes us to defy genetic programming and so often live in hope, despite all that's terrible about existence? In this audio program, Diane Ackerman shares what she has learned about human survival from working at a crisis hotline. Full of insight, drama, and self-revelation, her wisdom draws from all human knowledge - from the natural and social sciences to the insights of great artists - to show how humans, like animals, cope with stress, and to illumine the tenuous but gorgeous thread by which we all cling.
Copyright ©1997 by Diane Ackerman; Recording (P)1998 by Audio Literature

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  • Elza
  • Yuma, AZ, USA
  • 03-28-04

There is more to Ackerman...

I was not very impressed by this particular book, but know that Ackerman is a wonderful writer and her work would lend itself so very well to audio. If you enjoyed a book like "Salt" by Mark Kurlansky, then encourage Audible to bring some of Ackerman's other works e.g. A History of the Senses.

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