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American Afterlife

Encounters in the Customs of Mourning

Sweeney, Kate

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 2 stars out of 5.
American Afterlife
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What happens after someone dies depends on our personal stories and on where those stories fall in a larger tale--that of death in America. It's a powerful tale that we usually keep hidden from our everyday lives until we have to face it. American Afterlife by Kate Sweeney reveals this world through a collective portrait of Americans past and present who find themselves personally involved with death: a klatch of obit writers in the desert, a funeral voyage on the Atlantic, a fourth-generation funeral director--even a midwestern museum that takes us back in time to meet our death-obsessed Victorian progenitors. Each story illuminates details in another until something larger is revealed: a landscape that feels at once strange and familiar, one that's by turns odd, tragic, poignant, and sometimes even funny.
Publisher: Athens :, The University of Georgia Press,, [2014]
ISBN: 0820346004
9780820346007
Branch Call Number: 393 S9744a 2014
Characteristics: xiv, 216 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm

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A collective portrait of Americans past and present who find themselves personally involved with death: a klatch of obit writers in the desert, a funeral voyage on the Atlantic, a fourth-generation funeral director--even a midwestern museum that takes us back in time to meet our death-obsessed Vi... Read More »


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