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Down Among the Dead Men

A Year in the Life of A Mortuary Technician
Williams, Michelle (Book - 2010)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Down Among the Dead Men
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Michelle Williams is young and attractive, with close family ties, a busy social life . . . and an unusual occupation. When she impulsively applies to be a mortuary technician and is offered the position, she has no idea that her decision to accept will be one of the most momentous of her life. "What I didn't realize then," she writes, "was that I was about to start one of the most amazing jobs you can do." To Williams, life in the mortuary is neither grim nor frightening. She introduces readers to a host of unique characters: pathologists (many eccentric, some utterly crazy), undertakers, and the man from the coroner's office who sings to her every morning. No two days are alike, and while Williams's sensitivity to the dead never wavers, her tales from the crypt range from mischievous to downright shocking. Readers won't forget the fitness fanatic run over while doing nighttime push-ups on the road, the man so large he had to be carted in via refrigerated truck, or the guide dog who led his owner onto railway tracks-and left him there. The indomitable Williams never bats an eye, even as she is confronted-daily-with situations that would leave the rest of us speechless.
Authors: Williams, Michelle, 1973-
Title: Down among the dead men
a year in the life of a mortuary technician
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Soft Skull Press : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2010
Characteristics: x, 262 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Michelle Williams
ISBN: 1593762984
9781593762988
Branch Call Number: 363.75092 W7256d 2010
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Mortuary technicians Great Britain Biography Williams, Michelle, 1973-
Topical Term: Mortuary technicians
LCCN: 2010019528
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The mortuary industry contains a host of unique characters, pathologists, undertakers, and the man from the coroner's office who sings every morning, among others. Our author's tales from the crypt range from mischievous to downright shocking.


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