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Newsweek's Lisa Miller talks about her new book Heaven: Our Enduring Fascination with the Afterlife. The idea of heaven comes from the Jewish tradition, Miller explains, but was embroidered later by Christians and Muslims, who have at various times imagined heaven as a place where one is reunited with friends and family, and a venue for sensual pleasures unavailable in this mortal life. While researching her book, Miller spoke with Trappist monks and scholars of religion, among many others, about the otherworldly place Emily Dickinson called "what I cannot reach."

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