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Last Breath: Cautionary Tales from the Limits of Human Endurance

By Peter Stark

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(Stark) thoroughly explores what happens to the human body and mind during drowning, a long fall, burial beneath an avalanche, hypothermia, dehydration, mountain sickness, the bends, malaria, scurvy, hyperthermia, and contact with a poisonous jellyfish. (from Amazon.com)
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Pocket Guide to the Afterlife: Heaven, Hell, and Other Ultimate Destinations

By Jason Boyett

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Boyett becomes your tour guide to the Great Beyond. From the profound to the profane, from the light at the end of the tunnel to your ascension to the celestial void, here's everything you need to know this side of the everlasting. (from summary)
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Pompeii’s Living Statues: Ancient Roman Lives Stolen From Death

By Eugene Dwyer

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Pompeii’s Living Statues: Ancient Roman Lives Stolen From Death
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Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death

By Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

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(An) intriguing survey of America's rapidly mutating funeral customs (that) probes the one force mightier than death: consumerism. (from Publishers Weekly)
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Skulls

By Noah Scalin

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(N)othing equals (Scalin’s) incredibly beautiful, odd, and often humorous (skulls): they’re made from an astounding variety of materials, from toothpaste to melted candle wax, from tea leaves to plastic straws. One is even carved into a watermelon! (from summary)
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Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

By Mary Roach

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(O)ddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem….They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure…cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way. (book description)
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The Mummy Congress: Science, Obsession, and the Everlasting Dead

By Heather Pringle

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By balancing the eerie fascination for mummies and the colorful personalities of those who have made mummies their avocation, Pringle's book outclasses any Hollywood horror flick in entertainment as well as information value. (from BookList)
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The Undertaking: Life Studies From the Dismal Trade

By Thomas Lynch

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Eloquent, meditative observations on the place of death in small-town life, from the only poet/funeral director in Milford, Michigan. (from Kirkus Reviews)
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