What do Jesus, Emily Dickinson, and Abraham Lincoln all have in common? Well, they all fasted at one point or another in their life. Fasting has long been a religious practice and has recently gained an intense spotlight due to health advocates preaching its incredible benefits for weight loss and detox. In The Fast (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster), Oakes takes readers on a whirlwind journey of the cultural and historical significance of fasting, as well as exploring the science behind fasting and the body’s fascinating reaction to this process on a molecular level. He also explores the social implications of fasting, analyzing its use as a tool for protest and solidarity. Fasting doesn’t just have to be related to food, though. This book offers a historical, scientific look at the practice of fasting, but also inspires readers to embark on their own quests to regain control of their life.