E–pub/Kindle [The Mansion of Happiness] µ Jill Lepore


  • Hardcover
  • 320
  • The Mansion of Happiness
  • Jill Lepore
  • English
  • 23 September 2019
  • 9780307592996

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Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Jill Lepore Jill Lepore ´ 7 Review Free read The Mansion of Happiness H of these debates has a history Investigating the surprising origins of the stuff of everyday life from board games to breast pumps Lepore argues that the age of discovery Darwin and the Space Age turned ideas about life on earth topsy turvy “New worlds were found” she writes and “old paradises were lost” As much a meditation on the present as an excavation of the past The Mansion of Happiness is delightful learned and altogether beguili. Brilliant historian and storyteller The Wretched Stone ideas about life on earth topsy turvy “New worlds were found” she writes and “old paradises were lost” As much a meditation on the present as an excavation of the past The Mansion of Happiness Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race is delightful learned and altogether beguili. Brilliant historian and storyteller

Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Jill LeporeThe Mansion of Happiness

Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Jill Lepore Jill Lepore ´ 7 Review Free read The Mansion of Happiness Renowned Harvard scholar and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has composed a strikingly original ingeniously conceived and beautifully crafted history of American ideas about life and death from before the cradle to beyond the grave How does life begin What does it mean What happens when we die “All anyone can do is ask” Lepore writes “That's why any history of ideas about life and death has to be like this book a history of curiosity”. The Mansion of Happiness by Jill Lepore is a collection of loosely connected essays exploring The Meaning of Life capital T capital M capital L It turns out that the answer to this grand existential uestion freuently turns on the unexpected and often the seemingly prosaic To wit photography and political calculus did far far to create the right to life movement than organized religion especially protestant Christians Instead of trying to answer the uestion of the meaning of life Lepore looks at how modern and ever changing forces scientific economic political technological fundamentally alter the seemingly eternal truths of life For example there have always been children but childhood is a modern construct Where did the idea of childhood come from and what forces shaped and continue to shape its conception The author uses various anecdotes and cultural artifacts the board game Life and its numerous iterations Stuart Little 2001 A Space Odyssey among others to illustrate changes to the concepts of birth childhood adolescence adulthood and old age Lepore writes with a clear point of view but without an agenda an approach and accomplishment admirable and all too rare While I think I understand the personal and policy implications of her essays she resists the urge to spell anything out This is no diatribe My assumptions about her intent could be wrong In fact I would argue that this space the distance between knowledge and what that knowledge means and to what ends it is used is an essential theme of the book Showing how hucksters charlatans politicians and marketers seize distort obfuscate and deny science and facts is one of clearest takeaways from this book One new to me example was how Planned Parenthood was hijacked away from Margaret Sanger by eugenicists sharing a philosophy of family planning akin to the Third Reich s At this point I feel it s important to offer a significant disclaimer The Mansion of Happiness draws from a very narrow and hegemonic viewpoint It deals almost exclusively from a post Enlightenment really post Industrial the Enlightenment era content is usually provided as context for the meat of the story white oh so very white American point of view While I try not to presume authorial intent I would say that Lepore doesn t even attempt to present a complete picture of the forces that shaped our concepts of life and death Rather it seems she is merely presenting some of the ways transient forces change what we believe are eternal truths the sanctity of life is a concept younger than many Gen Xers That said I believe the author would have better served her work by explicitly explaining her choice of such a very exclusive and possibly exclusionary purview If all this sounds like a bit of a trudge good important capital I reading don t worry Lepore writes with alacrity and a sly sense of humor She chooses interesting stories and then lets those stories do the heavy lifting for her instead of spilling ink on ponderous and limiting and agenda driven explanationsinterpretations This book is not deep and that s no slight It s an easy read that I found wholly original and thought provoking The Mansion of Happiness is an entertaining and at times profound exploration of the ideas of birth life and death After reading it I have no better idea as to the meaning of life but I do have a better understanding of the meaning of life ie a informed way of unpacking the language and semiotics comprising the stages of our existence here and now on earth

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Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Jill Lepore Jill Lepore ´ 7 Review Free read The Mansion of Happiness Lepore starts that history with the story of a seventeenth century Englishman who had the idea that all life begins with an egg and ends it with an American who in the 1970s began freezing the dead In between life got longer the stages of life multiplied and matters of life and death moved from the library to the laboratory from the humanities to the sciences Lately debates about life and death have determined the course of American politics Eac. Because the chapters of this book began life as essays in The New Yorker magazine they are somewhat loosely strung together and feel as though they could stand on their own should you wish to delve into an individual topic The author a professor of American History at Harvard has a broad overarching theme of the changing attitudes toward the life cycle in American culture Her skill in pulling together disparate incidents and ideas works well so the book is consistently interesting and entertaining In the introduction she explains how the idea for the book s theme came from a board game The Game of Life or as it was called in earlier incarnations The Mansion of Happiness Surely most Americans have played this game as children The version from my childhood had little plastic station wagons which could be filled with plastic pink and blue babies Who knew the original was patented by Milton Bradley in 1860 or that it was based on even earlier versions The author notes that older versions were focused on accumulating virtues and winding up in heaven More recent versions including the one from my baby boomer youth were materialistic ending in a millionaire retirement haven She notes that life itself was historically thought to be cyclical but with a stronger influence from science in modern times it became linear always showing progress but without acknowledging death at the end Each chapter then deals with the changes in American cultural thought about a stage of life beginning with birth looking at babyhood and childhood progressing to ideas about sex and marriage Marriage leads to thoughts about fertility motherhood and time management The last chapters proceed to old age and death or its avoidance The author has a wonderfully wry wit reminding me a bit of Mary Roach s science writing This book is just a whole lot of fun and yet makes you think seriously about modern beliefs concerning life and deathFor the librarians out theredon t miss chapter 3 The Children s Room with its extensive discussion of the development of the children s section in public libraries and of literature for children


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    E–pub/Kindle [The Mansion of Happiness] µ Jill Lepore Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Jill Lepore This was a thought provoking read Not all of the chapters many of which had been essays written for the New Yorker were eually of interest to me but the overall theme of the birth of ideas was very interesting Things that we take for granted as givens like the idea of adolescence as a stage of life it's good to be reminded that th

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    Free read The Mansion of Happiness Jill Lepore ´ 7 Review Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Jill Lepore The Mansion of Happiness by Jill Lepore is a collection of loosely connected essays exploring The Meaning of Life capital “T” capital “M” capital “L” It turns out that the answer to this grand existential uestion freuently turns on the unexpected and often the seemingly prosaic To wit photography and political calculus

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    E–pub/Kindle [The Mansion of Happiness] µ Jill Lepore Prince Hamlet's observation that there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so might aptly summarize Jill Lepore's collection of wide ranging essays on ideas about life and death And since perhaps no

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    Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Jill Lepore Jill Lepore ´ 7 Review Free read The Mansion of Happiness An odd book It was not what I expected It read like separate essays on the histories of widely disparate though sometimes related topics nursing eugenics sex education children's books and libraries marital advice parenting advice cryogenics and Life the board game There are othersThey all touch on a time of life or on ideas about those times but so does everything after all That is not necessarily a criticism I can imagine essays on a chil

  5. says: E–pub/Kindle [The Mansion of Happiness] µ Jill Lepore

    Jill Lepore ´ 7 Review Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Jill Lepore E–pub/Kindle [The Mansion of Happiness] µ Jill Lepore Because the chapters of this book began life as essays in The New Yorker magazine they are somewhat loosely strung together and feel as though they could stand on their own should you wish to delve into an individual topic The author a professor of American History at Harvard has a broad overarching theme of the changing attitudes toward the life cycle in American culture Her skill in pulling together disparate incidents

  6. says: Free read The Mansion of Happiness E–pub/Kindle [The Mansion of Happiness] µ Jill Lepore Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Jill Lepore

    Free read The Mansion of Happiness E–pub/Kindle [The Mansion of Happiness] µ Jill Lepore Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Jill Lepore Rather than a comprehensive history Lepore tackles the different stages of life and how America has conceptualized fantasized and fought over them through anecdotal stories and engaging offbeat characters Much of her research and storytelling is centered around the major shifts in American attitudes and values as a result

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    E–pub/Kindle [The Mansion of Happiness] µ Jill Lepore Brilliant historian and storyteller

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    E–pub/Kindle [The Mansion of Happiness] µ Jill Lepore This book by the Harvard historian Jill Lepore is collection of loosely linked essays many originally published in the New Yorker focusing on the big uestions of life generally as reflected in the domestic sphere The subjects include conception sex marriage counseling breast feeding the invention of the idea of adolescence children's literature parenting home economics old age and cryogenics The events and ideas discussed range

  9. says: Summary ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Jill Lepore E–pub/Kindle [The Mansion of Happiness] µ Jill Lepore Jill Lepore ´ 7 Review

    E–pub/Kindle [The Mansion of Happiness] µ Jill Lepore This book is a rather meandering look at various life stages viewed through a particular perspective of American culture W

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    E–pub/Kindle [The Mansion of Happiness] µ Jill Lepore The best way to describe what this book is about is that it is a history of hokum uackery crackpots charlatans and chuckleheads as framed by the stages of life and death as refracted through a board game created in 1860 called the Checkered Game of Life We know this game by it's 100th anniversary reworking as the game Lifethrough this we are treated to essays about eugenics forced steralizations of the menta

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