Multcolib My Librarian Tama: I see dead people
Annotation:You know Mary Roach, right? She does investigative journalism at its jolliest. Funny, irreverent, science-y, and fascinated by life. It just makes sense that she'd be fascinated by death too.
Annotation: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.
Annotation:What kind of person becomes a funeral director anyway? How difficult is the art of making Grandma look like Grandma again? What's the biggest ripoff in the business?
Annotation:At forty-four Tom Jokinen decided to quit his job in order to become an apprentice undertaker, setting out to ask the questions: What is the right thing to do when someone dies? If Bill Bryson were to apprentice at a funeral home, searching for the meaning of life and death, you'd have Curtains.
Annotation:This is a macabre and moving compilation of the most embarrassing, jaw-dropping, irreverent and poignant stories of life at death's door. Morticians have plenty of unusual stories to tell, from shoot-outs at funerals to dead men screaming and corpses gone missing. Some are frightening, others moving. But one thing is certain: death drives people crazy.
Annotation:Cullen has created a humorous and poignant chronicle of her travels to discover how American baby boomers are reinventing the rites of dying. Turns out that the people who reinvented youth, redefined careers, and reconceived middle age have created a new attitude toward the afterlife. They no longer want to take death lying down; instead, they'd rather plan the after-party.
Annotation:A finalist for the National Book Award the year it was published (1997), this was also the basis for the HBO show Six Feet Under.
Annotation: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.
Annotation:This title is not as lighthearted as many on this list--heck, it's not lighthearted at all, but I maintain that it belongs. A disturbing and compelling investigative exposé of the lucrative business of procuring, buying, and selling human cadavers and body parts.
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When I was in college I had a good friend who worked summers in a funeral home, which, to my sheltered world, seemed pretty far out there as summer jobs go. I've been fascinated with the funeral industry ever since. So Doug, this list is dedicated to you.