The Point Is: Making Sense of Birth, Death, and Everything in Between (Hardcover)

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In this engaging and provocative book, Lee Eisenberg, bestselling author of The Number, dares to tackle nothing less than what it takes to find enduring meaning and purpose in life.

He explains how from a young age, each of us is compelled to take memories of events and relationships and shape them into a one-of-a-kind personal narrative. In addition to sharing his own pivotal memories (some of them moving, some just a shade embarrassing), Eisenberg presents striking research culled from psychology and neuroscience, and draws on insights from a pantheon of thinkers and great writers-Tolstoy, Freud, Joseph Campbell, Virginia Woolf, among others.

We also hear from men and women of all ages who are wrestling with the demands of work and family, ever in search of fulfillment and satisfaction.

It all adds up to a fascinating story, delightfully told, one that goes straight to the heart of how we explain ourselves to ourselves-in other words, who we are and why.

About the Author

Lee Eisenberg is the bestselling author of The Number and other books. He's a former editor in chief of Esquire and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, among other stops in a colorful, wide-ranging career. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Fortune, Businessweek, Time, Newsweek, and New York magazine. He divides his time between Chicago and New York City. For news and updates, please visit

Praise For…

A Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Pick - Lifestyle Books for Spring 2016

"Challengingly thought-provoking, Eisenberg's self-probing processes will encourage anyone to further ponder the meaning of life."—Kirkus Reviews

"Witty...the most resonant parts of THE POINT IS reflect [Eisenberg's] own insights, and the stories of his friends and family.—National Book Review, "Five Hot Books"

"A lively, challenging book that will provide ample grist for reflection on the path we take to find life's meaning."
Harrisburg Magazine

"Witty and erudite...a valuable resource in making one's own tale meaningful...Any reader who has considered the eternal question of whether his own life has been worthwhile will find this book contains many insights."—Lincoln Journal Star

"A deep reflection on the quality of our lives...Eisenberg is funny, smart, and incredibly engaging (especially as he shares his own life story)... very thoughtful and entertaining."—800-CEO-Read

Product Details
ISBN: 9781455550463
ISBN-10: 1455550469
Publisher: Twelve
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English