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Snooze

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Snooze

The Lost Art of Sleep

A profound exploration of the precious resource of sleep—and of the causes and consequences of getting too little of it.

Michael McGirr always had trouble sleeping. The arrival of baby twins, however, made him realize that he'd never before known true exhaustion. And while he celebrated these small children who brought him so much joy and tiredness, he found himself on a desperate and bone-weary journey in search of just a few extra winks a night. It was an adventure that would teach him more about what exactly sleep is, why we need it, and what it means when we don't get enough of it.

In Snooze, McGirr delves into the mysterious world of sleep, including its many benefits, its stubborn elusiveness, and exactly what our brains really get up to while we're in bed. He offers readers a tour through the odd sleep patterns of some of history's greatest minds, including Aristotle, Homer, Shakespeare, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, and more. He looks, too, at the demise of sleep in our increasingly fragmented modern world—and examines what that means for everyone from the Average Joe in the workplace to those with serious sleep disorders.

The result is both entertaining and enlightening—the perfect book for those sleepless nights.

A profound exploration of the precious resource of sleep—and of the causes and consequences of getting too little of it.

Michael McGirr always had trouble sleeping. The arrival of baby twins, however, made him realize that he'd never before known true exhaustion. And while he celebrated these small children who brought him so much joy and tiredness, he found himself on a desperate and bone-weary journey in search of just a few extra winks a night. It was an adventure that would teach him more about what exactly sleep is, why we need it, and what it means when we don't get enough of it.

In Snooze, McGirr delves into the mysterious world of sleep, including its many benefits, its stubborn elusiveness, and exactly what our brains really get up to while we're in bed. He offers readers a tour through the odd sleep patterns of some of history's greatest minds, including Aristotle, Homer, Shakespeare, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, and more. He looks, too, at the demise of sleep in our increasingly fragmented modern world—and examines what that means for everyone from the Average Joe in the workplace to those with serious sleep disorders.

The result is both entertaining and enlightening—the perfect book for those sleepless nights.
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  • Michael McGirr is an essayist, reviewer, prize-winning short-story writer and teacher. A former Jesuit priest, he is also the author of Things You Get For Free and Bypass: The Story of a Road. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, Jenny, and their three rapidly growing children.
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  • Library Journal A thoughtful series of meditations on the many aspects of sleep. A pleasantly mindful work for general readers who enjoy science as well as anyone seeking that elusive satisfying night's slumber.
  • Edward Humes, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Door to Door and Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash With Snooze, Michael McGirr has, pardon the pun, produced a wake-up call about the fascinating yet little known history and science of sleep. A delightful read, Snooze takes on the one activity we spend the most time doing, yet still manages to surprise. It's one bedtime read that won't put you to sleep.
  • Shelf Awareness A dynamic, multifaceted book that serves as an entertaining, philosophical lullaby for the deprived.
  • Sydney Morning Herald The perfect book to take on a sleep retreat. That's in no way a suggestion that McGirr's tender memoir will bore you to snores. It's as entertaining as it is informative.
  • The Australian In urbane and graceful prose, McGirr successfully integrates autobiography, literary criticism, historical anecdote, popular science, low-key theology, and lucid social commentary. His gentle wisdom, born of broad life experience, imbues every sentence.
  • Seattle Times A delightful eye-opener. Its blend of memoir, science history, mythological lore and cultural commentary is a constant delight.
  • Jim Crace, author of the National Book Critics Circle Award winner Being Dead A playful and alerting rumination on all that's restive from caffeine to kids. But here also is a book of philosophy, history, science, child rearing and good, old-fashioned devilry that is as subversively light and witty in tone as it is weighty in its impact and wisdom. It will keep you reading deep into the night — but without a single yawn.
  • Kirkus Reviews An eyes-wide-open look at the penumbral world of sleep. A good book to curl up with while pondering the mysteries of Morpheus.
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