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Includes a New Afterword A "New York Times Book Review "Editors' Choice When hard-living, middle-aged American writer James McManus gets a three-day executive checkup at the Mayo Clinic, he is immediately forced to confront his mortality. Will he survive his own cardiovascular system and genetic inheritance long enough to see his young daughters grow up? With great candor and wit, McManus explores not only his own health but also that of the health care system itself and the political realities that have hamstrung stem cell research--which could help his eldest daughter's diabetes. "Physical "is an unabashed, wrenching, and often hilarious portrait of unwellness in America.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312426491
ISBN-10: 0312426496
Format: Paperback / softback
(208mm x 137mm x 20mm)
Pages: 257
Imprint: Picador USA
Publisher: Picador USA
Publish Date: 12-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - James McManus

James received, the author of "Positively Fifth Street" and four novels including "Going to the Sun, "for which he recieved the Carl Sandburg prize. The portion of "Physical "serialized in "Esquire" was chosen for "The ""B""est American Science and Nature Writing, The ""B""est American Magazine Writing, "and "The ""B""est American Political Writing." Currently at work on a history of Poker, McManus teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Education of a Poker Player by James McManus

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Cowboys Full

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Going to the Sun by James McManus

Going to the Sun

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Positively Fifth Street by James McManus

Positively Fifth Street


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