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Death : an oral history

by Jarman, M. Casey,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HQ1073.J38 2016x
Location  CLP - Main Library
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Non-Fiction 306.9 JAR
Location  Cooper-Siegel Community Library
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Call Number  306.9 JAR
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 306.9 Jar
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Northern Tier Regional Library Nonfiction 306.9 JARMA
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Collection  Nonfiction
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Sewickley Public Library Nonfiction 306.9 JAR 2016
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  306.9 JAR 2016

In this illuminating collection of oral-history style interviews, Casey Jarman talks to a funeral industry watchdog about the (often shady) history of the death trade; he hears how songwriter David Bazan lost his faith while trying to hold on to his family; he learns about cartoonist Art Spiegelman using his college LSD trips to explain death to his children; and he gets to know his own grandparents, posthumously.

These are stories of loss, rebuilding, wonder, and wild speculation featuring everyone from philosophers to former death row wardens and hospice volunteers. In these moving, enlightening, and often funny conversations, the end is only the beginning.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Jarman's first book (he's a music writer and a contributing editor for the Believer) is one of the most fun, surprising, and inventive essay books readers might find on any subject, let alone what's sure to be among many readers' least favorite subjects: death. Part memoir, with the flow and appeal similar to that of an episode of NPR's This American Life, this revelation of a book is chock-full of vignettes that dig deep into the psyche of the Grim Reaper and how we deal with him. With essay topics ranging from the death of a twin child in Jarman's hometown, to an interview with a friend after her mother dies, to a sometimes coworker who also has a job caring for hospice patients, Jarman toils under a blanket of irony as he bravely confronts death, a concept he's most afraid of, head-on. Despite the obvious morbidity of the topic, Jarman's unflinching curiosity on the machinations of death and dying make for an interesting romp and read.--Mattalia, Glendy X. Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Jarman, a contributing editor at the Believer, confronts his own mortal dread with this profound collection of essays, based on oral history-style interviews with experts on death such as Maus cartoonist Art Spiegelman, a funeral-focused consumer advocate, and a hospice worker. A childhood friend of Jarman's recounts his grief after his twin brother shot himself when the boys were in seventh grade, and his feelings of being left behind. A philosophy professor at Oregon State University outlines the curriculum for his "Death and Dying" course. A certified professional in life celebrations discusses the human need for ritual. Proving that even death has a mundane side, a reporter for the trade magazine Mortuary Management breaks down her process of writing copy for funeral home websites. In the most devastating chapter, Jarman interviews a close friend dealing with the recent and sudden death of her mother. Her shock and pain are visceral on the page, and she provides practical advice on how to support a grieving friend. Through Jarman's discerning curation, interesting thought patterns emerge. Even those dealing with death professionally discuss it with remarkable candor and intimacy. These people, many of whom walk with death gracefully every day, make the concept a little less frightening-and deeply human. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Death.
Death -- Anecdotes.
Death -- Social aspects -- Anecdotes.
Death care industry -- Anecdotes.
Publisher San Francisco, CA :2016
Contributors Weeber, Brooke, illustrator.
Language English
Description 351 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
ISBN 9781942186120
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