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- Scribner 2014; US$ 24.00
A dark, poignant, and emotionally brave coming-of-age memoir: the story of a young man who, by handling the dead, makes peace with the living. For almost twenty years I mistook my father?s downfall as my own. But it wasn?t. It was not my sister?s either, nor my mother?s. A literature professor at La Salle University, Andrew Meredith?s father... more...
- St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99
Everyone knows that the ancient Egyptians were great mummifiers, and their sarcophagi and bandage-wrapped corpses are familiar images to us all. Yet across the vast sweep of history, we find many other great cultures in which the bodies of the dead were preserved as a matter of course. In coastal Peru were the Chinchorros, whose mummifying culture... more...
- Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 26.99
Introduction 1 1 ? The Independent Self 11 2 ? Things Fall Apart 25 3 ? Dependence 55 4 ? Assistance 79 5 ? A Better Life 111 6 ? Letting Go 149 7 ? Hard Conversations 191 8 ? Courage 231 Epilogue 259 Notes on Sources 265 Acknowledgments 279 more...
- Reaktion Books 2014; US$ 30.00
As humans, death?its certainty, its inevitability?consumes us. We make it the subject of our literature, our art, our philosophy, and our religion. Our feelings and attitudes toward our mortality and its possible afterlives have evolved greatly from the early days of mankind. Collecting these views in this topical and instructive book, W. M. Spellman... more...
- Quercus 2013; Not Available
We all have a 100% chance of dying--eventually. But what are the world's biggest killers? When are you most at risk? And what can you do to postpone the inevitable for as long as possible? Death: A Survival Guide offers a unique insight into the biggest threats to life and limb in the industrialized world. Sarah Brewer's comprehensive and thorough... more...
- St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99
An unusually comprehensive study of death as both a social and scientific phenomenon, When We Die is as frank as it is informed. This far-reaching discussion considers mortality from the personal and the universal perspective, generously citing past and present poets and physicians from a diverse and telling range of traditions. Mims, who for two... more...
- Grand Central Publishing 2015; Not Available
His mother's last word was his name. His father's was "Wonderful." Together they inspired the title for this true story of love and redemption. Bob Morris was always the entertainer in his family, but not always a perfect son. When he finds his parents approaching the end of their lives, he begins to see his relationship to them in a whole new... more...
- The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00
While much has been written in recent years on death and dying, there has been little treatment of how people cope with death in the absence of religious belief, and virtually no examination of the potential political repercussions of a wider acceptance of mortality in American society. Alfred Killilea's strikingly original book revolves around a... more...