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  • The Electric Chairby Craig Brandon

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2009; US$ 19.99

    This book provides a history of the electric chair and analyzes its features, its development, and the manner of its use. Chapters cover the early conceptual stages as a humane alternative to hanging, and the rivalry between Edison and Westinghouse that was one of the main forces in the chair's adoption as a mode of execution. Also presented are... more...

  • The Aftermath of Battleby Meg Groeling

    Savas Beatie 2015; US$ 8.99

    The clash of armies in the American Civil War left hundreds of thousands of men dead, wounded, or permanently damaged. Skirmishes and battles could result in casualty numbers as low as one or two and as high as tens of thousands. The carnage of the battlefield left a lasting impression on those who experienced or viewed it, but in most cases the armies... more...

  • The Last Passageby Donald Heinz

    Oxford University Press 1998; US$ 44.99

    Is death merely the cessation of life? Are our final years simply a wearing out of the body? Are hospitals and funeral homes--the bureaucratic machinery of death--capable of handling the profound spiritual dimension of dying?In The Last Passage , Donald Heinz offers wise answers to these questions in a book that urges us to "recover a death of our... more...

  • Suicide and Agencyby Ludek Broz; Daniel Münster

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    Suicide and Agency offers an original and timely challenge to existing ways of understanding suicide. Through the use of rich and detailed case studies, the authors assembled in this volume explore how interplay of self-harm, suicide, personhood and agency varies markedly across site (Greenland, Siberia, India, Palestine and Mexico) and setting (self-run... more...

  • Love in the Afterlifeby Richard Striner

    Fairleigh Dickinson University Press 2016; US$ 66.00

    This book is a definitive study of love-death-afterlife movies from the 1920s to the present. Scholars of film will appreciate this contribution to the intellectual history of cinema, and cultural critics will enjoy its presentation of the ways in which democracies can use entertainment to prompt unorthodox speculation in matters of the spirit.... more...

  • Marjorie Prime (TCG Edition)by Jordan Harrison

    Theatre Communications Group 2016; US$ 14.99

    A gripping Pulitzer Prize finalist that asks whether we can truly preserve our past. more...

  • Graceful Exitsby Sushila Blackman

    Shambhala 2005; US$ 13.99

    Death is a subject obscured by fear and denial. When we do think of dying, we are more often concerned with how to avoid the pain and suffering that may accompany our death than we are with really confronting the meaning of death and how to approach it. Sushila Blackman places death—and life—in a truer perspective, by telling us of others who have... more...

  • The Lotos-Eatersby Carol A. B. Warren

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 39.95

    As the baby boom generation ages, there are few ethnographies that capture the dynamics of aging. This new book is based on years of participant observation in "the Sands," a beautiful ocean community of well-off individuals and couples seeking the easy life. Yet the community members contend with deep uncertainties about health as they learn to face... more...

  • The Ecstasy of Rita Joeby George Ryga

    Talonbooks 2016; US$ 17.99

    In perhaps the best-known Canadian play, Rita Joe is a young native woman who leaves the reservation for the city. more...

  • After We Said Goodbyeby Sean Davison

    Penguin Random House South Africa 2012; US$ 22.08

    Sean Davison made headlines when he was arrested in New Zealand for matricide. The story that emerged - how he helped his ailing mother to die - is the subject of his affecting book, Before We Say Goodbye . This second book, After We Said Goodbye , takes up the story from there: his arrest, trial and sentencing and the dramatic events that followed... more...