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  • The Mourner's Danceby Katherine Ashenburg

    Knopf Canada 2010; US$ 22.00

    There is no doubt that the death of a loved one has a profound - and unpredictable - effect on the lives of those left behind. Mourning is the price we pay for love. But how does anyone survive those first weeks, months, and even years after a death, and then eventually return to normal life? When her daughter's fiancÚ died suddenly, Katherine Ashenburg... more...

  • The Dirt on Cleanby Katherine Ashenburg

    Knopf Canada 2010; US$ 21.00

    For the first-century Roman, being clean meant a public two-hour soak in baths of various temperatures, a scraping of the body with a miniature rake, and a final application of oil. For the seventeenth-century aristocratic Frenchman, it meant changing his shirt once a day, using perfume to obliterate both his own aroma and everyone else?s, but never... more...

  • The Mourner's Danceby Katherine Ashenburg

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2004; US$ 26.99

    When her daughter's fiancÚ died suddenly, Katherine Ashenburg was surprised to see how her daughter intuitively re-created the traditional rituals of mourning, even those of which she was ignorant. Intrigued, Ashenburg began to explore the rich and endlessly inventive choreographies different cultures and times have devised to mark a universal and... more...

  • The Dirt on Cleanby Katherine Ashenburg

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 24.99

    The question of cleanliness is one every age and culture has answered with confidence. For the first-century Roman, being clean meant a two-hour soak in baths of various temperatures, scraping the body with a miniature rake, and a final application of oil. For the aristocratic Frenchman in the seventeenth century, it meant changing your shirt once... more...

  • Cleanby Katherine Ashenburg

    Profile Books 2011; US$ 11.98

    'I return to Paris in five days. Stop washing.' So wrote Napoleon to Josephine in an age when body odour was considered an aphrodisiac. In stark contrast, the Romans used to bath for hours each day. Ashenburg's investigation of history's ambivalence towards personal hygiene takes her through plague-ridden streets, hospitals and battlefields. From... more...

  • Going to Townby Katherine Ashenburg

    McClelland & Stewart 2012; US$ 19.95

    Winner of The Ontario Historical Society?s Fred Landon Award for Best Regional History. With 300 photos and 11 maps. A work of unexpected delights and surprises: here is a one-of-a-kind guidebook that pinpoints the best of Ontario?s architectural heritage in its most charming towns, offers tantalizing and informative details of provincial history,... more...

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