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Why Suicide?: Answers to 200 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Suicide

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Join Jacqueline Foreman as she interviews Eric Marcus once again to discuss his newly revised book Why Suicide?: Answers to 200 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Suicide. Marcus (Is It a Choice?: Answers to 300 of the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gays and Lesbians, LJ 6/1/93), who lost his own father to suicide at age 12, here seeks to demystify the enigma of suicide. He uses a question-and-answer format, with related questions grouped into chapters. The well-chosen selection of questions range from "Does everyone have thoughts of suicide?" to "What are the arguments against legalizing doctor-assisted suicide?" His responses reflect not only a knowledgeable and well-informed consideration of suicidology but also empathetic treatment. The typical response aims to educate by giving factual information and/or practical advice as well as to console by providing personal stories from suicide survivors. An appendix of resources includes a directory of suicide/crisis hotlines. While other books, such as George Howe Colt's The Enigma of Suicide (LJ 4/15/91), may provide a broader and more in-depth discussion of suicide as a phenomenon, Why Suicide? focuses primarily on consoling survivors and dispelling myths. A marvelous addition to suicidology collections as well as a solid choice for bibliotherapy; given the inexpensive price, it should find a place in every public or private library collection.