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Death & Dying

  • In the Slender Marginby Eve Joseph

    HarperCollins Canada 2014; US$ 17.99

    Part memoir, part meditation on death itself, In the Slender Margin is an exploration of death from an ?insider?s? point of view. Using the threads of her brother?s early death and her twenty years of work at a hospice, Joseph utilizes history, religion, philosophy, literature, personal anecdote, mythology, poetry and pop culture to discern the... more...

  • Responding to Margaret Thatcher's Deathby Louisa Hadley

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 45.00

    Louisa Hadley examines the range of responses to Margaret Thatcher's death in relation to the cultural discourses surrounding Thatcher in the 1980s and since her resignation. The responses examined include the anticipation of Thatcher's death in anti-Thatcher songs, social media responses, obituaries, picture tributes and the ceremonial funeral. more...

  • Theatricality, Dark Tourism and Ethical Spectatorshipby Emma Willis

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 90.00

    Works of theatre that depict grievous histories derive their force from making audible voices of the past. Such performances, theatrical or tourist, require the attentive belief of spectators. This engaging new study explores how theatricality works in each instance and how 'playing the part' of the listener can be understood in ethical terms. more...

  • Before We Say Goodbye: Preparing for a Good Deathby Ray Simpson

    HarperCollins Publishers 2014; Not Available

    An inspiring but practical resource for preparing for one?s death, including moving stories, thought-provoking quotations and comforting prayers and hymns, as well as how to prepare a will and make funeral arrangements. more...

  • Before We Say Goodbye: Preparing for a Good Deathby Ray Simpson

    HarperCollins Publishers 2014; Not Available

    An inspiring but practical resource for preparing for one?s death, including moving stories, thought-provoking quotations and comforting prayers and hymns, as well as how to prepare a will and make funeral arrangements. more...

  • The December Projectby Sara Davidson

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 14.99

    In the tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie and The Last Lecture , New York Times bestselling author Sara Davidson met every Friday with 89-year-old Rabbi Zalman Shachter-Shalomi, the iconic founder of the Jewish Renewal movment, to discuss what he calls The December Project . "When you can feel in your cells that you're coming to the end of your... more...

  • American Afterlifeby Kate Sweeney

    University of Georgia Press 2014; US$ 24.95

    Someone dies. What happens next?. One family inters their matriarch’s ashes on the floor of the ocean. Another holds a memorial weenie roast each year at a greenburial cemetery. An 1898 ad for embalming fluid promises, "You can make mummies with it!" while a leading contemporary burial vault is touted as impervious to the elements. A... more...

  • Culture, Suicide, And The Human Conditionby Marja-Liisa Honkasalo; Miira Tuominen

    Berghahn Books 2014; US$ 32.95

    Suicide is a puzzling phenomenon. Not only is its demarcation problematic but it also eludes simple explanation. The cultures in which suicide mortality is high do not necessarily have much else in common, and neither is a single mental illness such as depression sufficient to lead a person to suicide. In a word, despite its statistical regularity,... more...

  • Assisted Dying: Who Makes The Final Decisionby Jo Cartwright; Lesley Close; Terry Pratchett

    Peter Owen Publishers 2014; US$ 14.57

    Assisted dying is perhaps one of the most divisive issues of the modern age, generating endless headlines and moral debates. Published in conjunction with the organization Dignity in Dying, this important new book provides a forum for expert commentators in a variety of fields, including religion and medicine, to explore whether the most humane... more...

  • The Gift and its Paradoxesby Olli Pyyhtinen

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 109.95

    Bringing social theory and philosophy to bear on popular movies, novels, myths, and fairy tales, The Gift and its Paradoxes explores the ambiguity of the gift: it is at once both a relation and a thing, alienable and inalienable, present and poison. Challenging the nature of giving as reciprocal, the book engages critically with the work of Mauss and... more...