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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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