Multcolib My Librarian Tama: I see dead people

Smoke Gets in your Eyes
Smoke Gets in your Eyes And Other Lessons From the Crematory By Doughty, Caitlin Book - 2014 B-D7315s 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 27 on 22 copies

Annotation:Who'd ever think a young American girl's coming-of-age story would take place when she got what would be her dream job--at a crematory?

Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers By Roach, Mary Book - 2004 611 R628s 2004 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 21 copies

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.

Down Among the Dead Men
Down Among the Dead Men A Year in the Life of A Mortuary Technician By Williams, Michelle Book - 2010 363.75092 W7256d 2010 Available in some locations

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.

Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked?
Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked? Field Notes From A Funeral Director By Webster, Robert D. Book - 2011 363.75092 W383d 2011 Available in some locations

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?

Curtains Adventures of An Undertaker-in-training By Jokinen, Tom Book - 2010 B-Jo676c 2010 Available in some locations

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.

Mortuary Confidential
Mortuary Confidential Undertakers Spill the Dirt By McKenzie, Kenneth Book - 2010 363.75092273 H2961m 2010 Available in some locations

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.

Remember Me
Remember Me A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death By Cullen, Lisa Takeuchi Book - 2006 393.9 C967r 2006 Available in some locations

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.

The Undertaking
The Undertaking Life Studies From the Dismal Trade By Lynch, Thomas Book - 2009 814.5 L9878u 2009 Available in some locations

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.

American Afterlife
American Afterlife Encounters in the Customs of Mourning By Sweeney, Kate Book - 2014 393 S9744a 2014 All copies in use Availability details

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.

Body Brokers
Body Brokers Inside America's Underground Trade in Human Remains By Cheney, Annie Book - 2006 617.954 C518b 2006 Available in some locations

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.

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