The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End

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The Whole Death Catalog: He'd have to, having authored half a dozen true crime books about serial killers H. Consider that Schechter's less-frequent forays into fiction are a quartet of novels starring real-life but long-gone macabrist Edgar Allan Poe, and you can imagine he's just the man for the job of compiling this new necrology.

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What might keep you from cracking its trade-paperback covers is suspicion, the suspicion that Well, you know how themed volumes, definitive in their breadth or otherwise, can be tarted up with the sort of authorial nattering more likely encountered while listening to early-morning drive-time radio? The kind of thing that adds little to the gathered goods and subtracts much from a reader's sense of intelligence? Schechter's comments, background material, and lively but steadily ungoofy way of presenting his research and its subjects provide just the sort of guide a literate, death-curious person would want to spend his or her dwindling time perusing.

Compartilhe seus pensamentos com outros clientes. I knew absolutely nothing about this book when purchased, and now it is my favorite.

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It is described perfectly on the cover "A lively Guide to the Bitter End. Also several virtual sites where you can tour famous cemeteries, the top 10 you must see before YOU die is especially entertaining. And who does not need to know the handy guide to putrefaction.

The final chapter of the book is "Death Can Be Fun" and includes sections such as deaths in the movies, death's playlist, mortuary museums and finally The Last Word. I could continue about all the photos and definitions included but at some point I must stop, strongly urging a very fun read!

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The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End [Harold Schechter] on domaine-solitude.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In the tradition of Mary. Editorial Reviews. From Booklist. Serial-killer biographer and mystery novelist Schechter's compendium on the perpetually fascinating subject that is his.

This was required reading for a college course on Death and Dying. If you are interested in this topic, this would be the book. This book is unique, without being creepy. This might be my favorite read this year. It's delightfully well structured. Each section has its own series of subtopics. These are general overviews that come with the bonus of having recommendations for further study. This, in my mind, is what makes this book so invaluable. You read a little, get your curiosity piqued and go on to find another book and another and another.

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I think I put at least ten sticky notes to mark future reads. As someone who has read extensively on death, it was such This might be my favorite read this year. As someone who has read extensively on death, it was such a pleasure to be handed an easy-to-access list of books without having to trawl through the bibliography at the end. The book is also very lighthearted, witty, and ironically funny. Jan 10, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: Schechter truly covers the gamut on this morbidly fascinating topic. No guarantees on the outcome of that one Each of t Dr.

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Each of the seven chapters in The Whole Death Catalog contains dozens of short articles roughly grouped together by subject matter. Schechter kicks things off with a general overview of death myths from across the world — an Indonesian myth blames mortality on the first man and woman selecting the short-lived banana instead of the undying stone — and touches on how religious beliefs affect a culture's approach to dying.

If you have a weak stomach, I'd suggest skipping the detailed descriptions of the decomposition process, as well as the definition of adipocere. Read about some odd bequests in wills and how to tend to the terminally ill, making a loved one's final hours as comfortable as possible. And don't forget to choose and rehearse your last words oh so carefully!

With that, we're on to funerals! Starting with the ceremonial burials by the prehistoric Cro-Magnons, Dr. Schechter touches on burial practices from the Ashanti of Ghana, the Jivaro people of the Andes, and rural Romania as well as from various religious traditions. Ever wonder just what a funeral director's job description is?

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And Other Lessons from the Crematory. It is a pretty comprehensive catalogue and is a good source for a lot of serious questions. Buy the selected items together This item: Quotes from The Whole Death C This book is more or less death, in easily digestible, bite-size pieces.

If you're looking for something a bit more adventurous than a traditional burial or cremation, you could consider a sea burial, or having your ashes sent into outer space, or turning your cremains into a diamond or perhaps even part of a coral reef. He also lists dozens of classic poems, short stories and songs about death, and several don't-miss mortuary museums throughout the United States. Perusing these pages you'll discover more than you ever wanted to know about the history and the modern practice of embalming, notable death scenes in movies, how to build your own casket or rent one, if you prefer , and cryonic preservation.

You'll also glean valuable information about living wills, writing eulogies, and where to find a motorcycle hearse for your biker burial. The eminently practical, the seriously quirky, and the disturbingly macabre are inseparably intertwined throughout The Whole Death Catalog , bringing a dose of approachability and even hilarity to what can be an intimidating subject. For more book reviews, come visit my blog, Build Enough Bookshelves. A Lively Guide to the Bitter End", may not cover all topics related to our inevitable demise, but this meticulously-researched book does an excellent job of covering a bundle of related topics, from strange obituaries to whacky wills, famous cemeteries, a behind-the-scenes look at the goings-on at a funeral home, death rituals in various cultures, mementos mori, and all Taking its cue from that s Aquarian-age relic, "The Whole Earth Catalogue", Harold Schechter's "The Whole Death Catalogue: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End", may not cover all topics related to our inevitable demise, but this meticulously-researched book does an excellent job of covering a bundle of related topics, from strange obituaries to whacky wills, famous cemeteries, a behind-the-scenes look at the goings-on at a funeral home, death rituals in various cultures, mementos mori, and all the burial choices you could ever ask for.

You can even learn how to make your own bona fide corpse! No, I'm not kidding.

But all that just scratches the surface of all the great information this book has to offer the curious reader. He writes extensively on true crime and and has also authored an anthology of true crime writing, entitled "True Crime: For "The Whole Death Catalogue", Schechter employes and lively and sometimes ironic sense of humor while remaining respectful in his treatment of a subject many aren't comfortable discussing. Readers will discover stories of near-death experiences and the studies performed on same, what happens to our bodies once we've taken our last breath, how people avoided burying someone alive by accident and, of course, tips on deathbed and funeral etiquette.

The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End

Schechter also cites a huge number of extra-curricular reading sources for a more detailed look at many aspects of death, from Mary Roach's wonderful "Stiff: I highly recommend exploring "The Whole Death Catalogue". Now you'll have to excuse me. Feb 25, Colona Public Library rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is what the title suggests a whole death catalog. This book has everything you could want to know about and some bonus fun death related trivia!

Reading it is like a series of short articles, which is nice for a brief explanations that the author gives credit for the original source in the article so you can read more on the subject.

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I was surprised though strangely there was no reference page at the end of the book. If you are morbidly curious than this is a good source material to st This book is what the title suggests a whole death catalog. If you are morbidly curious than this is a good source material to start reading from! You can order this book at the Colona Public Library!

May 03, Amy rated it liked it. I have to say, it never would've occurred to me to read this on my own. A coworker weeded it at work and it looked too interesting too pass up. Definitely worth the dollar I spent rescuing hoarding? It's not nearly as depressing as one might think. Morbid, sure, but oddly fascinating at the same time. I will say it was a somewhat slow read for me.

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