After the Final Chapter

Jessica Mitford
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)
Sarah Vowell
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)
Gayden Metcalfe
(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)
James M. Deem
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)
Lisa Rogak
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)
Concetta Bertoldi
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)
Jeremy Simmonds
A cheekily informal and entertaining account of artists both popular and obscure who died between the years 1965 and 2006. (from Library Journal)
Janis Amatuzio
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)
Sue Bailey and Carmen Flowers
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)
Charles Wilkins
(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)
Peter Stark
(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
Jason Boyett
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)
Eugene Dwyer
Pompeii’s Living Statues: Ancient Roman Lives Stolen From Death
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
(An) intriguing survey of America's rapidly mutating funeral customs (that) probes the one force mightier than death: consumerism. (from Publishers Weekly)
Noah Scalin
(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)
Mary Roach
(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)
Heather Pringle
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)
Thomas Lynch
Eloquent, meditative observations on the place of death in small-town life, from the only poet/funeral director in Milford, Michigan. (from Kirkus Reviews)