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Blood: The Stuff of Life by Lawrence Hill

Blood: The Stuff of Life

Why you should read this book:

Blood by Lawrence Hill is about, you guessed it, blood. Blood is common to all people, and yet it connects us as much as it separates us. If you’re looking for a thorough and contemplative examination of the ways that blood unites and divides us, then this book is for you.

Why you shouldn’t read this book:

  • You don’t like the essay form of writing.
  • Blood makes you squeamish.
  • You don’t like non-fiction.

What Blood by Lawrence Hill is about:

Blood unites all animals. It runs through all our veins and performs the same functions in all of us. Research into blood has allowed us to make advances in medicine; however, we are divided by blood’s cultural and social implications. Lawrence Hill examines how blood is present in religion, the visual arts and literature. He looks at how, when blood is shed, whether through violence or illness, we learn more about what unites human beings and what separates us. He analyzes how differences in the perception of blood have divided us along the lines of gender, class, race and nation, spawning rules about who gets to belong where. A thought-provoking book, you will have your eyes opened, and your mind expanded with this treatise on blood and what it’s meant historically, culturally, familiarly and socially.

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