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American Way of Death Revisited

By Jessica Mitford

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Only the scathing wit and searching intelligence of Jessica Mitford could turn an exposé of the American funeral industry into a book that is at once deadly serious and side-splittingly funny. (book description)
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Assassination Vacation

By Sarah Vowell

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Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. (S)he takes us on a road trip like no other -- a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage. (book description)
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Being Dead is no Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral

By Gayden Metcalfe

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(E)xposes the culinary and cultural last rites of the deep South in a fashion that is as sidesplitting as it is politically incorrect, as sincere as it is backstabbingly brutal. (book description)
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Bodies From the Bog

By James M. Deem

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Deem begins with the discovery of a man buried in a peat bog near Grauballe, Denmark; originally thought to be an accident victim of the last century, he turned out to be a sacrifice victim from 2,000 years ago. (I)n an exceptionally well-organized and riveting text…describe(s) other early peoples of Europe and how they were preserved in bogs. (review)
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Death Warmed Over: Funeral Food, Rituals and Customs From Around the World

By Lisa Rogak

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Arranging her odd (recipe) collection alphabetically by culture—from "African American" to "Zoroastrianism"—Rogak gives a one-page explanation and a recipe for each culture. …Though hardly scholarly, this slim volume is amusingly informative. (from Publisher’s Weekly)
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Do Dead People Watch Your Shower?: and Other Questions You’ve Been All But Dying to ask a Medium

By Concetta Bertoldi

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Answering questions ranging from the practical to the irreverent, Bertoldi addresses poignant inquiries about the fate and happiness of loved ones who have crossed to the other side. (summary)
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Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns and Ham Sandwiches

By Jeremy Simmonds

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A cheekily informal and entertaining account of artists both popular and obscure who died between the years 1965 and 2006. (from Library Journal)
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Forever Ours: Real Stories of Immortality and Living From a Forensic Pathologist

By Janis Amatuzio

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Amatuzio sees dead people. Indeed, as an anatomic, forensic, and clinical pathologist and coroner for several counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin, she sees them every day. They also see her and sometimes even speak to her through their families and other loved ones. (from BookList)
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Grave Expectations: Planning the End Like There’s no Tomorrow

By Sue Bailey and Carmen Flowers

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Everybody’s going to die. Nobody gets out alive. Death is the one thing you can absolutely count on. Why then are people so reluctant to plan for it? (from summary)
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In the Land of Long Fingernails

By Charles Wilkins

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(T)his book feels right; that is, it convinces us unequivocally that this is what working in a cemetery at the end of the swinging sixties must have been like. (from BookList)
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