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By Mary Roach

"Equal elements Groucho Marx and Stephen Jay Gould, either enlightening and entertaining."—Sunday Denver submit & Rocky Mountain News
The best-selling writer of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers now trains her substantial wit and interest at the human soul. What occurs after we die? Does the sunshine simply exit and that's that—the million-year nap? Or will a few a part of my character, my me-ness persist? what's going to that believe like? what's going to I do all day? Is there a spot to plug in my lap-top?" In an try to discover, Mary Roach brings her tireless interest to endure on an array of up to date and old soul-searchers: scientists, schemers, engineers, mediums, all attempting to turn out (or disprove) that lifestyles is going on when we die. She starts the adventure in rural India with a reincarnation researcher and leads to a school of Virginia working room the place cardiologists have put in apparatus close to the ceiling to review out-of-body near-death reviews. alongside the best way, she enrolls in an English medium institution, will get electromagnetically haunted at a college in Ontario, and visits a Duke collage professor with a plan to weigh the awareness of a leech. Her ancient wanderings unearth soul-seeking philosophers who rummaged via cadavers and calves' heads, a North Carolina lawsuit that validated felony priority for ghosts, and the final surviving pattern of "ectoplasm" in a Cambridge collage archive.

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She found it just after we moved 3,000 miles away from everything we knew, after she left my stepfather. It was the first beautiful thing she bought for our new home without the fear that it would be smashed to pieces. On rough nights, when she was down or lonely or frightened, she would light her lamp and sit for hours until she could sleep. Through the long, fearful nights at the height of a miserable divorce, she’d sit there until the sun came up, fear beating out her exhaustion. When she first found the two marble-sized lumps on her back, Mom found her comfort in the lights that danced untouchable behind glass, lights that would shine forever if she fed them.

My feet propped on a stool, I breathed in the crisp, clean air and savored the taste of home-squeezed lemonade. My eyes fixed on a cocoon attached to the bottom side of a green clematis leaf winding around the trellis. Silky threads quivered, split apart. Brilliant yellow and black wings emerged, and the butterfly wriggled its way out of its safe place. Defying predators and collectors with nets, it dared to soar through open fields and sip sweet nectar from nature’s bounty, spreading its majestic wings, golden pennants glistening in the sun.

We talked a little, but mostly I just held her hand. I knew that her philosophy embraced a broad understanding of energy, but I could tell how hard the process was. When she left, I was relieved as much as I grieved. She is still in my heart—and in my files. Our joint work, both published and unpublished, is a connection between our worlds. When I think of her, I am grateful for our years together. I never suspected when we met that our relationship would be so profound. But then, do we ever know where life takes us and who will share the journey?

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