Faculty Highlights

Newcomb reviews Barbara Ehrenreich’s new book in The Washington Post

In a review in The Washington Post of Barbara Ehrenreich’s new book, Natural Causes, Professor of Anthropology Rachel Newcomb calls us on us to “ditch the quest for eternal life and just enjoy the days [we] have.”

Newcomb says that Americans have a history of obsession with fads designed to help us live forever. “But to what end?” she asks. “Death, notes Barbara Ehrenreich in her new book, Natural Causes, still awaits us all. In this lively cultural history of our attempts to control our fate, she details the extreme lengths we will go to keep from dying.”

Read the entire book review on The Washington Post’s website