Why Not?

Why Not?

Fifteen Reasons to Live

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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Longlisted for the $25,000 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.

"Clear-eyed ... Robertson is no stranger to confronting unsavoury truths."--Steven Beattie, That Shakespearean Rag

"Many of us sense that the world has too many moving parts and can become utterly defeated. Ray Robertson found a 'road back' in this splendid and intriguing book." --Jim Harrison

Shortly after completing his sixth novel, Ray Robertson suffered a depression of suicidal intensity. Soon after his recover, he decided to try and answer two of the biggest questions we can ask. What makes humans happy? And what makes a life worth living?

His answers aren't what you might expect from a mental illness memoir--but they're exactly what you'd expect from Ray Robertson. With the vitality of Nick Hornby and a brashness all his own, Robertson runs his hands over life, death, intoxication, and art. Unashamedly working-class and unabashedly literary, Why Not? is a rolling, rocking, anti-Sisyphean odyssey.

Ray Robertson is the celebrated author of eight books and six novels, including What Happened Later , about Jack Kerouac's last years. He lives and writes in Toronto, Ontario.
Publisher: Emeryville, Ont. : Biblioasis, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781926845272
Branch Call Number: 921 ROBER
Characteristics: 196 p.


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Ray Robertson recounts his struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts after the publication of his sixth novel and explores the meaning of happiness and what makes life worth living.

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Jul 11, 2012

More scholarly than I expected, given such a cute title, but very interesting with a few good insights to take away.

debwalker Oct 15, 2011

"Ray Robertson’s Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live, you’ll be happy to know, is not a misery memoir. Nor is it an uplifting, syrupy self-help book. Still, these thoughtful meditations on the big questions of life (and death) emerge from mental pain and a writer’s need for whatever helps you make it through the night. Readers will not doubt their authenticity."
Stan Persky
Globe and Mail

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