A Man After His Own Heart: A True Story



On A Rainy December Night In 1998, Charles Siebert Was Given The Rare Opportunity To Accompany A Team Of Surgeons Both In The Harvesting Of A Human Heart From The Body Of A Young Woman Who D Recently Died, And In The Subsequent Implantation Of That Heart Into A Waiting Recipient Beginning With His Harrowing Weeklong Wait For The Harvest Call, Siebert Weaves A Seamless Series Of Reflections About History S Obsession With This Central And Vital Organ And About Modern Science S Latest Startling Discoveries Concerning Both The Heart S Biological Origins And Its Long Intuited Role In The Play Of Our Emotions The Resulting Mix Is A Journey Into The Literal And Gurative Heart Of Our Being And The Previously Unexplored Ways In Which The Matter Of Modern Science And Timeless Metaphor Meet.A Man After His Own Heart: A True Story

Charles Siebert is a poet, journalist, essayist, and contributing writer for The New York Times Sunday Magazine His work has appeared in a broad array of publications, including The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper s, Vanity Fair, Outside, Esquire, and Men s Journal.

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  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • A Man After His Own Heart: A True Story
  • Charles Siebert
  • English
  • 07 September 2017
  • 9780609802601

10 thoughts on “A Man After His Own Heart: A True Story

  1. says:

    As a liver transplant recipient, I couldn t wait to read about what I thought was going to be an amazing story about the transplant process from harvest to recipient However, the book was nothing like what I expected The story itself focuses on the main character s father and his heart problems, and how that sparked an interest into knowing as much as possible about the human heart The book itself is incredibly well researched so I give credit to Siebert for that However, I did not like his style of writing at all It s almost as if he were a vocabularian I know, not a real word egotist, using difficult words to describe any situation, even the most simple situations that don t require such infrequently used words I had to plow through it at times, which was painful, just to make progress And in the end, I was disappoi...

  2. says:

    I bought this book than a decade ago, as I was beginning my own journey to a better understanding of the physical and metaphorical heart I paused my read of this book pretty early, as it proved MUCH memoir y than heart knowledge focused I picked it up again finally, and got through it this weekend, but my feelings didn t change much I have all respect for the author, his family, and his experiences, and I appreciate the great research he did into certain aspects of the heart, both its triumphs and its failings The book is categorized as science, and as science, I found it super self indulgent, with intense repetition of family introspections and a relatively minimal page count dedicated to introspections on the heart itself Were the book categorized as memoir, expectation...

  3. says:

    This book made me really interested in the biology of the human heartit was a great combination of science and self discovery however the author jumped around quite a bit so that took a little getting used to.

  4. says:

    Yep, hearts are pretty important.

  5. says:

    This book is as much poetry as it is science journalism There are some metaphors in here that will forgive the pun break your heart.

  6. says:

    This is a must read, perhaps closer to Valentine s Day A very well written book which intertwines the author s search for factual information and his attempt to understand his own mortality.

  7. says:

    I enjoyed this book about many aspects of the heart but it didn t really speak to me by the end

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