What happens after we die? Does our consciousness vanish at the moment of death? Or does it continue in some form? Former Los Angeles Times national correspondent Erika Hayasaki sets out to explore the controversial science behind near-death experiences. The journey leads her to forge an unexpected bond with a distant family member who becomes her tour guide and ends up teaching her not only how awesome it can be to die but how precious it can be to live.
Erika Hayasaki is an assistant professor in the Literary Journalism Department at the University of California, Irvine, an undergraduate degree program dedicated to teaching narrative journalism. She spent nearly a decade as a reporter covering breaking news and writing feature stories for the Los Angeles Times, where she was a staff metro reporter, an education writer, and a New York-based national correspondent. Now a regular contributor to Newsweek and The Atlantic, she is also the author of The Death Class: A True Story About Life (Simon & Schuster, 2014) and Drowned by Corn (Kindle Single, 2014).
"Dead or Alive is a thought provoking eight chapter piece about Near Death Experiences that makes you re-think life." (Maya Fleischmann, IndieReader review)
"Hayasaki interviews NDE researchers, even finding a neurosurgeon who experienced an NDE himself. This is compelling reading. Who does not want to know if science can determine if death is final?" (Jude Isabella for Download the Universe, the science e-book review)
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