[UCP Books]: Suicidal: Why We Kill Ourselves

Levi Stahl: lstahl@press.uchicago.edu / (773) 702 0289 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


“Jesse Bering is the best science writer at work today.”

Dan Savage




Why We Kill Ourselves


Jesse Bering



Publication date: November 13, 2018 $27.50



“Bering carefully balances his natural whimsy and avid curiosity with deep compassion in this look at how suicidal urges work. He is disarmingly frank in disclosing his own identity as ‘that everyday person dealing with suicidal thoughts,’ which ‘flare up like a sore tooth.’ . . . Throughout, Bering treats his sources with unvarying respect, as well as a spirit of affiliation. Readers who have experienced the anguish of suicidal impulses will find his work both heartening and deeply illuminating.”

Publishers Weekly


“A coherent, relevant look at the psychological secrets of suicide. ‘The catchall mental illness explanation only takes us so far,’ writes science writer Bering in this fascinating study featuring some startling real-time facts and perspectives on a sadly enduring phenomenon. . . .  For such a fiercely complex subject with varying nuances, viewpoints, and interpretations, Bering imparts accessible information through an affable, conversational tone. . . .  This important book arms readers with contemporary insight to help ‘short-circuit the powerful impetus to die when things look calamitous.’ Bering illuminates a murky, misunderstood human quandary with compassion, confessional honesty, and academic perception.”

Kirkus Reviews


Jesse Bering is the author of Perv: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us, Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? And Other Reflections on Being Human, and The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life. He is the director of the Centre for Science Communication at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He is available for interviews.



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