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Fish Out of Water: A Search for the Meaning of Life

Fish Out of Water: A Search for the Meaning of Life

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What Happens When One of America's Most Admired Biographers Writes His Own Biography?

For Eric Metaxas, the answer is Fish Out of Water: A Search for the Meaning of Life--a poetic and sometimes hilarious memoir of his early years, in which the Queens-born son of Greek and German immigrants struggles to make sense of a world in which he never quite seems to fit.

Renowned for his biographies of William Wilberforce, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Martin Luther, Metaxas is the author of five New York Times bestsellers, the witty host of the acclaimed Socrates in the City conversation series, and a nationally syndicated radio personality. But here he reveals a personal story few have heard, taking us from his mostly happy childhood--and riotous triumphs at Yale--to the nightmare of drifting toward a dark abyss of meaninglessness from which he barely escapes.

Along the way he introduces us to an unforgettable troupe of picaresque characters who join this quintessentially first-generation American boy in what is both bildungsroman and odyssey--and which underscores just how funny, serious, happy, sad, and ultimately meaningful life can be.

Author: Eric Metaxas
Publisher: Salem Books
Published: 02/02/2021
Pages: 416
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.41lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.20w x 1.50d
ISBN: 9781684511723

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 12/01/2020
Booklist 02/01/2021 pg. 14

About the Author
ERIC METAXAS is an author whose books have been translated into twenty-five languages. The host of a nationally syndicated radio show and the acclaimed conversation series Socrates in the City, he is a prominent cultural commentator whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and the Wall Street Journal. He lives with his family in New York City.

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