The Whole Five Feet

What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everthing Else

By Christopher Beha
(Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802144850, 272pp.)

Publication Date: May 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the May 2009 Indie Next List
“The Whole Five Feet is a fine introduction to some of the best books ever written. Christopher Beha decided to read the Harvard Classics series in its entirety in one year, and he writes about both what he absorbs from the books and how reading these classics affects him. A must-read for anyone fascinated about how reading transforms us!”
-- Michele Filgate, RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth, NH


In The Whole Five Feet, Christopher Beha turns to the great books for answers after undergoing a series of personal and family crises and learning that his grandmother had used the Harvard Classics to educate herself during the Great Depression. The result is a smart, big-hearted, and inspirational mix of memoir and intellectual excursion that “deftly illustrates how books can save one’s life” (Helen Schulman).

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