Natural Causes | Granta

  • Published: 12/04/2018
  • ISBN: 9781783782413
  • 135x20mm
  • 272 pages

Natural Causes

Barbara Ehrenreich

We tend to believe we have agency over our bodies, our minds and even our deaths. Yet emerging science challenges our assumptions of mastery: at the microscopic level, the cells in our bodies facilitate tumours and attack other cells, with life-threatening consequences.

In this revelatory book, Barbara Ehrenreich argues that our bodies are a battleground over which we have little control, and lays bare the cultural charades that shield us from this knowledge. Challenging everything we think we know about life and death, she also offers hope – that we find our place in a natural world teeming with animation and endless possibility.

A polemic arguing that we're deluded to think we can master our health with gyms and pills

The Times

[Ehrenreich] writes engagingly about the limits of medicine... a bracing read

Evening Standard

Ehrenreich's academic training shines

Big Think

The Author

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fifteen books, including the bestselling Smile or Die and Nickel and Dimed. She has written for Time, Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine and various British newspapers including The Times and the Guardian. She lives in Virginia, USA.

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