Jennifer Reese
February 08, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

English prof David Shields meditates on aging, mortality, and his outrageous 97-year-old dad in The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead.

Most Dysfunctional Moment
He compares the length of his ”boringly, frustratingly average” member with his ”markedly more well-endowed” pop’s.

Lowdown
An intriguing father-son tale is trapped beneath a mountain of literary quotations and medical factoids (”Arteriosclerosis can begin as early as age 20,” etc.). C+

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