2020 Book Review: How We Die

Updated: Dec 2, 2021

While meeting up with friends and any sort of human social life is put on hold right now, I'm digging deeper into my library to finally read those books I have been putting off for whatever reason. How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter by Sherwin Nuland is one of those books that could be interesting to read (who isn't a bit curious about how this beautiful time of ours here on earth comes to a physical end?) but I just couldn't pick it up because I don't like reading sad or morose literature. A year after purchasing a copy at a secondhand book shop here in Be'er Sheva, I picked it up this week and I was pleasantly surprised once I started the first chapter: a well-researched scientific perspective covering the various causes of death encountered by humans everywhere. Not at all morose, very matter-of-fact, How We Die didn't make me depressed about my own mortal end but rather gave an enlightened perspective about how we live inevitably affects how we die.

Shepsel Ber Nudelman, or anglicized Sherwin Nuland, was born into a Jewish family of immigrants in New York. Though a self-proclaimed agnostic, Nuland continued to attend an orthodox synagogue for most of his life. To ensure entry into medical school, Shepsel changed his name to the more American Sherwin, was admitted into New York University and obtained his M.D. and completed his residency at Yale School of Medicine. Author of several novels, Nuland's book Maimonides is on my to-read list.

3.5 stars for this well-written, interesting book!

You can find this book on my virtual bookshelf here.

Until the next book,


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