Shapeshifters by Gavin Francis audiobook

Shapeshifters: A Journey through the Changing Human Body

By Gavin Francis
Read by Thomas Judd

Basic Books, Hachette Book Group 9781541697522
6.82 Hours Unabridged
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From birth to death, a lyrical exploration of the role of transformation in human life To be alive is to be in perpetual metamorphosis: growing, healing, learning, aging. In Shapeshifters, physician and writer Gavin Francis considers the inevitable changes all of our bodies undergo—such as birth, puberty, and death, but also laughter, sleeping, and healing—and those that only some of our bodies will: like getting a tattoo, experiencing psychosis, suffering anorexia, being pregnant, or undergoing a gender transition. In Francis’s hands, each event becomes an opportunity to explore the meaning of identity and the natures—biological, psychological, and philosophical—of our selves. True to its own subject, Shapeshifters combines Francis’s lyrical imagination and deep knowledge of medicine and the humanities for a life-altering read.

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Summary

Summary

From birth to death, a lyrical exploration of the role of transformation in human life

To be alive is to be in perpetual metamorphosis: growing, healing, learning, aging. In Shapeshifters, physician and writer Gavin Francis considers the inevitable changes all of our bodies undergo—such as birth, puberty, and death, but also laughter, sleeping, and healing—and those that only some of our bodies will: like getting a tattoo, experiencing psychosis, suffering anorexia, being pregnant, or undergoing a gender transition. In Francis’s hands, each event becomes an opportunity to explore the meaning of identity and the natures—biological, psychological, and philosophical—of our selves. True to its own subject, Shapeshifters combines Francis’s lyrical imagination and deep knowledge of medicine and the humanities for a life-altering read.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Wonderful, written with a deep feeling for language. A writer-physician who sees the drama and beauty in human life.” Annie Dillard, author of An American Childhood

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Author

Author Bio: Gavin Francis

Author Bio: Gavin Francis

Gavin Francis is a physician and the award-winning author of Adventures in Human Being, which has been translated in fifteen languages; Empire Antarctica; and True North, among other books. A regular contributor to the London Review of Books, Guardian, and New York Review of Books, Francis lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Health & Fitness
Runtime: 6.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English