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Death & Dying

  • Organ Donation in Japanby Maria-Keiko Yasuoka

    Lexington Books 2015; US$ 84.99

    In this book, Yasuoka reveals insight into Japan as the country with the most severe organ shortages and the lowest numbers of organ donations among medically advanced countries. This is the first book to delve into the challenging and taboo Japanese concepts of life and death surrounding organ transplantation. more...

  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyesby Caitlin Doughty

    Canongate Books 2015; US$ 15.79

    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'Compassionate, unblinking and very, very funny' MEG ROSOFF 'Eye-opening . . . occasionally haunting, always insightful' DAVID EAGLEMAN A girl always remembers the first corpse she shaves. It is the only event in her life more awkward than her first kiss or losing her virginity. The hands of time will never move quite... more...

  • Die Wiseby Stephen Jenkinson

    North Atlantic Books 2015; US$ 19.95

    ?Stephen Jenkinson?s elegant and sorrow-freighted book brings prophetic insight rather than pastoral affirmations. A true story-man, Jenkinson paints image after image on the cave wall of his parchment. Die Wise is a formidable body of work, road-tested in ways most of us hope never to know about. Stay with it, hold the sorrow as the gift it is,... more...

  • Creatures of a Dayby Irvin D. Yalom

    Scribe Publications Pty Ltd 2015; US$ 20.99

    '[A] stunning collection of essays chronicling [Yalom?s] years as a therapist. more...

  • Suicideby Derek Beattie; Dr Patrick Devitt

    Liberties Press 2015; US$ 5.82

    When is it okay for a person to kill themself? How have ideas about this changed over time, and how do they differ across cultures? How do Ireland?s suicide rates, especially among its young men, compare to rates in other countries in Europe and beyond? Are we obsessed today with the idea of suicide? Is it possible to prevent suicide – and, if... more...

  • Dickens and the Business of Deathby Claire Wood

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 76.00

    First ever full-length study exploring how Dickens's fiction engaged with, responded to and even exploited Victorian attitudes to death. more...

  • Memorializing Animals during the Romantic Periodby Chase Pielak

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 104.95

    In his study of the presence of animals in early nineteenth-century works by Charles and Mary Lamb, John Clare, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Lord Byron, Chase Pielak observes that images of dead and deadly animals coincided with questions about what constitutes human life and its boundaries. He argues that each author uses language... more...

  • Nineteenth-Century Female Poisonersby Victoria M. Nagy

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 90.00

    Social and legal representations of female poisoners during the mid-nineteenth century in England, and the social and moral panics about women's access to arsenic. more...

  • The Politics of Being Mortalby Alfred G. Killilea

    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...

  • Funeral Festivals in Americaby Jacqueline S. Thursby

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    When Evelyn Waugh wrote The Loved One (1948) as a satire of the elaborate preparations and memorialization of the dead taking place in his time, he had no way of knowing how extraordinarily creative and technical human funerary practices would become. Jacqueline S. Thursby explores how modern American funerals and their accompanying rituals seem meant... more...