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I tremble to say there's good in death, because I've looked in the eyes of the grieving mother and I've seen the heartbreak of the stricken widow, but I've also seen something more in death, something good. Death's hands aren't all bony and cold. -from Confessions of a Funeral Director ...
Confessions of a Funeral Director: How Death Saved My Life
I tremble to say there's good in death, because I've looked in the eyes of the grieving mother and I've seen the heartbreak of the stricken widow, but I've also seen something more in death, something good. Death's hands aren't all bony and cold. -from Confessions of a Funeral Director We are a people who deeply fear death. While humans are biologically wired to evade death for as long as possible, we have become too adept at hiding from it, vilifying it, and-when it can be avoided no longer-letting the professionals take over. Sixth-generation funeral director Caleb Wilde understands this reticence and fear. He had planned to get as far away from the family business as possible. He wanted to make a difference in the world, and how could he do that if all the people he worked with were . . . dead? Slowly, he discovered that caring for the deceased and their loved ones was making a difference-in other people's lives to be sure, but it also seemed to be saving his own. A spirituality of death began to emerge as he observed: * The family who lovingly dressed their deceased father for his burial * The act of embalming a little girl that offered a gift back to her grieving family * The nursing home that honored a woman's life by standing in procession as her body was taken away * The funeral that united a conflicted community Through stories like these, told with equal parts humor and poignancy, Wilde offers an intimate look into the business and a new perspective on living and dying.
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17.05 USD

Confessions of a Funeral Director: How Death Saved My Life

by Caleb Wilde
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A collection of thrilling samurai tales tracing the history of seppuku from ancient times to the twentieth century. The history of seppuku -- Japanese ritual suicide by cutting the stomach, sometimes referred to as hara-kiri -- spans a millennium, and came to be favoured by samurai as an honourable form ...
Seppuku: A History Of Samurai Suicide
A collection of thrilling samurai tales tracing the history of seppuku from ancient times to the twentieth century. The history of seppuku -- Japanese ritual suicide by cutting the stomach, sometimes referred to as hara-kiri -- spans a millennium, and came to be favoured by samurai as an honourable form of death. Here, for the first time in English, is a book that charts the history of seppuku from ancient times to the twentieth century through a collection of swashbuckling tales from history and literature.
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22.17 USD

Seppuku: A History Of Samurai Suicide

by Andrew Rankin
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This in-depth description of life in a nursing/care home for 70 residents and 40 staff highlights the daily care of frail or ill residents between 80 and 100 years of age, including people suffering with dementia. How residents interact with care assistants is emphasised, as are the different behaviours of ...
Living Before Dying: Imagining and Remembering Home
This in-depth description of life in a nursing/care home for 70 residents and 40 staff highlights the daily care of frail or ill residents between 80 and 100 years of age, including people suffering with dementia. How residents interact with care assistants is emphasised, as are the different behaviours of men and women observed during a year of daily conversations between the author, patients and staff, who share their stories of the pressures of the work. Living Before Dying shows a world where, in extreme old age, people have to learn how to cope with living communally.
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32.42 USD

Living Before Dying: Imagining and Remembering Home

by Janette Davies
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This book offers an ethnographic exploration of three sites of infamous atrocity and their differing memorialization. `Dark tourism' research has studied the consumerization of spaces associated with death and barbarity, whilst `difficult heritage' has looked at politicized, national debates that surround the preservation of death. This book contributes to these ...
Death, Memorialization and Deviant Spaces
This book offers an ethnographic exploration of three sites of infamous atrocity and their differing memorialization. `Dark tourism' research has studied the consumerization of spaces associated with death and barbarity, whilst `difficult heritage' has looked at politicized, national debates that surround the preservation of death. This book contributes to these debates by applying spatial theory on a scalar level, particularly through the work of Henri Lefebvre. It uses escalating case studies to situate memorialization, and the multifarious demands of politics, consumption and community, within a framework that rearticulates `lived', `perceived' and `conceived' aspects of deviant spaces ranging from the small (a bench) to the very large (a city). The first case study, the Tyburn gallows site in York, uses Lefebvre's notion of `theatrical space' to contextualize the role of performativity in memorialization. The second, Number 25 Cromwell Street in Gloucester, builds on this by exploring the absence of memorialization through Lefebvre's concept of `contradictory space' and the impact this has on consumption. The third expands to consider the city as a problematic memorial, here focusing on the political subjectivities of Dresden - rebuilt following the devastation of the Second World War - and its contemporary associations with neo-Nazi and anti-fascist protests. Ultimately, by examining the issue of scale in heritage, the book seeks to develop a new way of unpacking and understanding the heteroglossic nature of deviant space and memorialization.
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68.25 USD

Death, Memorialization and Deviant Spaces

by Benedikt Lehmann, Jack Denham, Matthew Spokes
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'This book touches on some deep questions relevant to us all... A fascinating, thoughtful, unflinching meditation on one of the most intriguing and curious aspects of the human condition.' - Dr Frank Tallis Why do people want to kill themselves? Despite the prevalence of suicide in the developed world, it's ...
A Very Human Ending: How suicide haunts our species
'This book touches on some deep questions relevant to us all... A fascinating, thoughtful, unflinching meditation on one of the most intriguing and curious aspects of the human condition.' - Dr Frank Tallis Why do people want to kill themselves? Despite the prevalence of suicide in the developed world, it's a question most of us fail to ask. On hearing news of a suicide we are devastated, but overwhelmingly we feel disbelief. In A Very Human Ending, research psychologist Jesse Bering lifts the lid on this taboo subject, examining the suicidal mindset from the inside out to reveal the subtle tricks the mind can play when we're easy emotional prey. In raising challenging questions Bering tests our contradictory superstitions about the act itself. Combining cutting-edge research with investigative journalism and first-person testimony, Bering also addresses the history of suicide and its evolutionary inheritance to offer a personal, accessible, yet scientifically sound examination of why we are the only species on earth that deliberately ends its own life. This penetrating analysis aims to demystify a subject that knows no cultural or demographic boundaries.
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28.99 USD

A Very Human Ending: How suicide haunts our species

by Jesse Bering
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Japan's suicide phenomenon has fascinated both the media and academics, although many questions and paradoxes embedded in the debate on suicide have remained unaddressed in the existing literature, including the assumption that Japan is a Suicide Nation . This tendency causes common misconceptions about the suicide phenomenon and its features. ...
Suicide in Twentieth-Century Japan
Japan's suicide phenomenon has fascinated both the media and academics, although many questions and paradoxes embedded in the debate on suicide have remained unaddressed in the existing literature, including the assumption that Japan is a Suicide Nation . This tendency causes common misconceptions about the suicide phenomenon and its features. Aiming to redress the situation, this book explores how the idea of suicide in Japan was shaped, reinterpreted and reinvented from the 1900s to the 1980s. Providing a timely contribution to the underexplored history of suicide, it also adds to the current heated debates on the contemporary way we organize our thoughts on life and death, health and wealth, on the value of the individual, and on gender. The book explores the genealogy and development of modern suicide in Japan by examining the ways in which beliefs about the nation's character, historical views of suicide, and the cultural legitimation of voluntary death acted to influence even the scientific conceptualization of suicide in Japan. It thus unveils the way in which the language on suicide was transformed throughout the century according to the fluctuating relationship between suicide and the discourse on national identity, and pathological and cultural narratives. In doing so, it proposes a new path to understanding the norms and mechanisms of the process of the conceptualization of suicide itself. Filling in a critical gap in three particular fields of historical study: the history of suicide, the history of death, and the cultural history of twentieth century Japan, it will be of great interest to students and scholars of Japanese Studies and Japanese History.
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63.12 USD

Suicide in Twentieth-Century Japan

by Francesca Di Marco
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A compulsively readable, totally unforgettable memoir that recounts a sensitive college student's experience working on an emergency ambulance in hell, aka New York City. -- James Patterson In 1967, Mike Scardino was an eighteen year-old pre-med student with a problem - his parents couldn't afford to pay his college tuition. ...
Bad Call: A Summer Job on a New York Ambulance
A compulsively readable, totally unforgettable memoir that recounts a sensitive college student's experience working on an emergency ambulance in hell, aka New York City. -- James Patterson In 1967, Mike Scardino was an eighteen year-old pre-med student with a problem - his parents couldn't afford to pay his college tuition. Luckily, Mike's dad hooked him up with a lucrative, albeit unusual, summer job, one he's never forgotten. Bad Call is Mike's visceral, fast-moving, and mordantly funny account of the summers he spent working as an ambulance attendant on the mean streets of late 1960s New York, at a time when emergency medicine looked nothing like it does today. Fueled by adrenaline and Sabrett's hot dogs, he crossed third rails to pick up injured trainmen, encountered a woman attacked by rats, attended to victims of a plane crash at JFK airport, was nearly murdered, and got an early and indelible education in the impermanence of life. But his work also afforded moments of rare beauty, hope, and everyday heroism, and it changed the course of Mike's life as well as the way he saw the world. Action-packed, poignant, and rich with details that bring Mike's world to life, Bad Call is a gritty portrait of a bygone era as well as a thrilling tale of one man's coming of age.
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28.350000 USD

Bad Call: A Summer Job on a New York Ambulance

by Mike Scardino
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What should states do with the bodies of suicide bombers and other jihadists who die while perpetrating terrorist attacks? This original and unsettling book explores the host of ethical and political questions raised by this dilemma, from (non-) legitimisation of the 'enemy' and their cause to the non-territorial identity of ...
Burying Jihadis: Bodies Between State, Territory, and Identity
What should states do with the bodies of suicide bombers and other jihadists who die while perpetrating terrorist attacks? This original and unsettling book explores the host of ethical and political questions raised by this dilemma, from (non-) legitimisation of the 'enemy' and their cause to the non-territorial identity of individuals who identified in life with a global community of believers. Because states do not recognise suicide bombers as enemy combatants, governments must decide individually what to do with their remains. Riva Kastoryano offers a window onto this challenging predicament through the responses of the American, Spanish, British and French governments after the Al-Qaeda suicide attacks in New York, Madrid and London, and Islamic State's attacks on Paris in 2015. Interviewing officials, religious and local leaders and jihadists' families, both in their countries of origin and in the target nations, she has traced the terrorists' travel history, discovering unexpected connections between their itineraries and the handling of their burials. This fascinating book reveals how states' approaches to a seemingly practical issue are closely shaped by territory, culture, globalisation and identity.
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51.19 USD

Burying Jihadis: Bodies Between State, Territory, and Identity

by Riva Kastoryano
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Without exception, all people are faced with the inevitability of death, a stark fact that has immeasurably shaped societies and individual consciousness for the whole of human history. Mirrors of Passing offers a powerful window into this oldest of human preoccupations by investigating the interrelationships of death, materiality, and temporality ...
Mirrors of Passing: Unlocking the Mysteries of Death, Materiality, and Time
Without exception, all people are faced with the inevitability of death, a stark fact that has immeasurably shaped societies and individual consciousness for the whole of human history. Mirrors of Passing offers a powerful window into this oldest of human preoccupations by investigating the interrelationships of death, materiality, and temporality across far-flung times and places. Stretching as far back as Ancient Egypt and Greece and moving through present-day locales as diverse as Western Europe, Central Asia, and the Arctic, each of the richly illustrated essays collected here draw on a range of disciplinary insights to explore some of the most fundamental, universal questions that confront us.
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52.500000 USD

Mirrors of Passing: Unlocking the Mysteries of Death, Materiality, and Time

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Without exception, all people are faced with the inevitability of death, a stark fact that has immeasurably shaped societies and individual consciousness for the whole of human history. Mirrors of Passing offers a powerful window into this oldest of human preoccupations by investigating the interrelationships of death, materiality, and temporality ...
Mirrors of Passing: Unlocking the Mysteries of Death, Materiality, and Time
Without exception, all people are faced with the inevitability of death, a stark fact that has immeasurably shaped societies and individual consciousness for the whole of human history. Mirrors of Passing offers a powerful window into this oldest of human preoccupations by investigating the interrelationships of death, materiality, and temporality across far-flung times and places. Stretching as far back as Ancient Egypt and Greece and moving through present-day locales as diverse as Western Europe, Central Asia, and the Arctic, each of the richly illustrated essays collected here draw on a range of disciplinary insights to explore some of the most fundamental, universal questions that confront us.
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210.000000 USD

Mirrors of Passing: Unlocking the Mysteries of Death, Materiality, and Time

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This book takes a critical glance at the ways in which we attend to the corpse, tracing a trajectory from encounter toward considering options for disposal: veneered mortuary internment, green burial and its attendant rot, cremation and alkaline hydrolysis, donation and display, and ecological burial. Through tracing the possible futures ...
Corpse Encounters: An Aesthetics of Death
This book takes a critical glance at the ways in which we attend to the corpse, tracing a trajectory from encounter toward considering options for disposal: veneered mortuary internment, green burial and its attendant rot, cremation and alkaline hydrolysis, donation and display, and ecological burial. Through tracing the possible futures of the dead that haunt the living, through both the stories that we tell and physical manifestations following the end of life, we expose the workings of aesthetics that shape corpses, as well as the ways in which corpses spill over, resisting aestheticization. This book creates a space for ritualized practices surrounding death: corpse disposal; corpse aesthetics that shape both practices attendant upon and representations of the corpse; and literary, figural, and cultural representations that deploy these practices to tell a story about dead bodies-about their separation from the living, about their disposability, and ultimately about the living who survive the dead, if only for a while. There is an aesthetics of erasure persistently at work on the dead body. It must be quickly hidden from sight to shield us from the certain trauma of our own demise, or so the unspoken argument goes. Experts-scientists, forensic specialists, death-care professionals, and law enforcement-are the only ones qualified to view the dead for any extended period of time. The rest of us, with only brief doses, inoculate ourselves from the materiality of death in complex and highly ritualized ceremonies. Beyond participating in the project of restoring our sense of finitude, we try to make sense of the untouchable, unviewable, haunting, and taboo presence of the corpse itself.
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110.91 USD

Corpse Encounters: An Aesthetics of Death

by Chase Pielak, Jacqueline Elam
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Within popular culture, death is not the end, but instead a space where the dead can exert agency whilst entertaining the consumer. Popular culture enables the dead to be consumed by the living on a mass global scale, actively engaging them with issues of mortality. This book develops the sociological ...
Death, The Dead and Popular Culture
Within popular culture, death is not the end, but instead a space where the dead can exert agency whilst entertaining the consumer. Popular culture enables the dead to be consumed by the living on a mass global scale, actively engaging them with issues of mortality. This book develops the sociological intersectionality between death, the dead and popular culture by examining the agency of the dead. Drawing upon the posthumous careers of the celebrity dead and organ transplantation mythology in popular culture the dead are shown to not be hampered by death but to benefit from the symbolic and economic value they can generate. Meanwhile the fictional dead - the Undead and the dead in crime drama - are conceptualised through morbid sensibility and morbid space to mobilise consumer consideration of mortality and even challenge the public wisdom that contemporary Western society is in death denial and that death is taboo. Death and the dead, within the parameters of popular culture, form a palatable and normative bridge between viewers and mortality, iterating the innate value and hidden depths of popular culture in the study of contemporary society. This book will be of interest to anybody who researches death, popular culture and questions of mortality.
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68.25 USD

Death, The Dead and Popular Culture

by Ruth Penfold-Mounce
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Let's Talk about Death (Over Dinner): An Invitation and Guide to Life's Most Important Conversation
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27.300000 USD

Let's Talk about Death (Over Dinner): An Invitation and Guide to Life's Most Important Conversation

by Michael Hebb
Hardback
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The Dangerous Man: The Strength in the Blood's Man
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57.750000 USD

The Dangerous Man: The Strength in the Blood's Man

by Alex Ismero
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Birth of a Cemetery: Forest Lawn Memorial-Park
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36.490000 USD

Birth of a Cemetery: Forest Lawn Memorial-Park

by John F Llewellyn
Hardback
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Cell 2455 Death Row: A Condemned Man's Own Story
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20.950000 USD

Cell 2455 Death Row: A Condemned Man's Own Story

by Caryl Chessman
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Spirit Teachings: Through the Mediumship of William Stainton Moses
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15.740000 USD

Spirit Teachings: Through the Mediumship of William Stainton Moses

by M a Oxon, William Stainton Moses
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Funeral Guest Book: 100 Pages, Large Print, 900 Signature/Note Spaces
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13.640000 USD

Funeral Guest Book: 100 Pages, Large Print, 900 Signature/Note Spaces

by Lisa Marie Smith
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Funeral Guest Book: 100 Pages, Large Print, 900 Signature/Note Spaces
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13.640000 USD

Funeral Guest Book: 100 Pages, Large Print, 900 Signature/Note Spaces

by Lisa Marie Smith
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Funeral Guest Book: 100 Pages, Large Print, 900 Signature/Note Spaces
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13.620000 USD

Funeral Guest Book: 100 Pages, Large Print, 900 Signature/Note Spaces

by Lisa Marie Smith
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Funeral Guest Book: 100 Pages, Large Print, 900 Signature/Note Spaces
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13.640000 USD

Funeral Guest Book: 100 Pages, Large Print, 900 Signature/Note Spaces

by Lisa Marie Smith
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Bog Mummies: Where Did They Come From?
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10.450000 USD

Bog Mummies: Where Did They Come From?

by Megan Cooley Peterson
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From the survivor of ten Nazi concentration camps who went on to become the City of Boston's Director of Education and created the New England Holocaust Memorial, a wise and intimate memoir about finding strength in the face of despair and an inspiring meditation on how we can unlock the ...
From Broken Glass: My Story of Finding Hope in Hitler's Death Camps to Inspire a New Generation
From the survivor of ten Nazi concentration camps who went on to become the City of Boston's Director of Education and created the New England Holocaust Memorial, a wise and intimate memoir about finding strength in the face of despair and an inspiring meditation on how we can unlock the morality within us to build a better world. On October 29, 1939 Szmulek Rosental's life changed forever. Nazis marched into his home of Lodz, Poland, destroyed the synagogues, urinated on the Torahs, and burned the beards of the rabbis. Two people were killed that first day in the pillaging of the Jewish enclave, but much worse was to come. Szmulek's family escaped that night, setting out in search of safe refuge they would never find. Soon, all of the family would perish, but Szmulek, only eight years old when he left his home, managed to against all odds to survive. Through his resourcefulness, his determination, and most importantly the help of his fellow prisoners, Szmulek lived through some of the most horrific Nazi death camps of the Holocaust, including Dachau, Auschwitz, Bergen Belsen, and seven others. He endured acts of violence and hate all too common in the Holocaust, but never before talked about in its literature. He was repeatedly raped by Nazi guards and watched his family and friends die. But these experiences only hardened the resolve to survive the genocide and use the experience--and the insights into morality and human nature that it revealed--to inspire people to stand up to hate and fight for freedom and justice. On the day that he was scheduled to be executed he was liberated by American soldiers. He eventually traveled to Boston, Massachusetts, where, with all of his friends and family dead, he made a new life for himself, taking the name Steve Ross. Working at the gritty South Boston schools, he inspired children to define their values and use them to help those around them. He went on to become Boston's Director of Education and later conceived of and founded the New England Holocaust Memorial, one of Boston's most visited sites. Taking readers from the horrors of Nazi Germany to the streets of South Boston, From Broken Glass is the story of one child's stunning experiences, the piercing wisdom into humanity with which they endowed him, and the drive for social justice that has come to define his life.
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27.300000 USD

From Broken Glass: My Story of Finding Hope in Hitler's Death Camps to Inspire a New Generation

by Steve Ross, Glenn Frank, Brian Wallace
Hardback
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Bad Call: A Summer Job on a New York Ambulance
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36.750000 USD

Bad Call: A Summer Job on a New York Ambulance

by Mike Scardino
CD-Audio
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Honoring the Mystery: Uplifting Insights from the Language, Visions, and Dreams of the Dying
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15.740000 USD

Honoring the Mystery: Uplifting Insights from the Language, Visions, and Dreams of the Dying

by Barbara Morningstar
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THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017 'Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York Times At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as ...
When Breath Becomes Air
THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2017 'Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option...Unmissable' New York Times At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity - the brain - and finally into a patient and a new father. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away? Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.
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13.39 USD

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi
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Women Serial Killers Coloring Book: Famous Women Serial Killers and Massacre, Danse Macabre and Torture and Pain Inspired Adult Coloring Book
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10.500000 USD

Women Serial Killers Coloring Book: Famous Women Serial Killers and Massacre, Danse Macabre and Torture and Pain Inspired Adult Coloring Book

by Elizabeth Bathory
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SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER! Featured on BBC RADIO 4's Start the Week‘One might expect [this book] to be a grim read but it absolutely isn’t. I found it invigorating!’ Andrew Marr'A beautifully written memoir' Sunday Times. 'All That Remains provides a fascinating look at death - its causes, our attitudes toward it, the forensic scientist's ...
Living With Death

SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER! Featured on BBC RADIO 4's Start the Week

‘One might expect [this book] to be a grim read but it absolutely isn’t. I found it invigorating!’ Andrew Marr

'A beautifully written memoir' Sunday Times. 

'All That Remains provides a fascinating look at death - its causes, our attitudes toward it, the forensic scientist's way of analyzing it. A unique and thoroughly engaging book' Kathy Reichs


Sue Black confronts death every day. As Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, she focuses on mortal remains in her lab, at burial sites, at scenes of violence, murder and criminal dismemberment, and when investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident or natural disaster. In All That Remains she reveals the many faces of death she has come to know, using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed, and what her work has taught her. 

Do we expect a book about death to be sad? Macabre? Sue’s book is neither. There is tragedy, but there is also humour in stories as gripping as the best crime novel. Our own death will remain a great unknown. But as an expert witness from the final frontier, Sue Black is the wisest, most reassuring, most compelling of guides.

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28.99 USD

Living With Death

by Professor Sue Black
Hardback
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Death Across Oceans: Archaeology Of Coffins And Vaults In Britain, America, And Australia
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41.950000 USD

Death Across Oceans: Archaeology Of Coffins And Vaults In Britain, America, And Australia

by Harold Mytum
Hardback
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Disconnected from Death: The Evolution of Funerary Customs and the Unmasking of Death in America
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16.800000 USD

Disconnected from Death: The Evolution of Funerary Customs and the Unmasking of Death in America

by April Slaughter, Troy Taylor
Paperback
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