Year: 2004 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.8, no.4, (2004), p.399-401 SIEC No: 20041310

The author reviews “Fixin’ to Die: A Compassionate Guide to Committing Suicide or Staying Alive,” by David Lester. He examines the contradictions apparent in the authoring of a ‘how-to’ guide by a suiciologist previously devoted to prevention, by exploring the effects of a personal crisis on Lester’s position. Though he finds the book challenging, the reviewer argues that it raises fundamental questions about suicide & prevention, which undermine current assumptions & force readers to carefully consider their own views.