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10 books about death
Pick up one of these featured titles on death in May 2021.
After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about Life and Beyond by Bruce Greyson
This book was published this year by St. Martin's Essentials and takes approximately 9.1 hours to read.
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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty
This book was published 3 years ago by W. W. Norton & Company and takes approximately 9.6 hours to read.
Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty embarks on a global expedition to discover how other cultures care for the dead. From Zoroastrian sky burials to wish-granting Bolivian skulls, she investigates the world's funerary customs and expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with dignity. Her account questions the rituals of the American funeral industry--especially chemical embalming--and suggests that the most effective traditions are those that allow mourners to personally attend to the body of the deceased. Exquisitely illustrated by artist Landis Blair, From Here to Eternity is an adventure into the morbid unknown, a fascinating tour through the unique ways people everywhere confront mortality.
Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales by William Bass
Category: Murder & Mayhem
This book was published 17 years ago by Berkley and takes approximately 10.7 hours to read.
A leading forensic anthropologist traces his sometimes grisly work at his Tennessee "body farm" lab and cites his contributions to the investigations of several murder cases as well as his theories about such famous cases as the Lindbergh kidnapping and the mystery of the headless corpse. Reprint.
UNREPORTED TRUTHS ABOUT COVID-19 AND LOCKDOWNS: Combined Parts 1-3: Death Counts, Lockdowns, and Masks by Alex Berenson
This book was published last year by Blue Deep, Inc. and takes approximately 4.1 hours to read.
A booklet that combines the first three editions of the best-selling Unreported Truths series.
It's OK That You're Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn't Understand by Megan Devine
This book was published 4 years ago by Sounds True, Inc. and takes approximately 9.3 hours to read.
As seen in THE NEW YORK TIMES • READER'S DIGEST • SPIRITUALITY & HEALTH • HUFFPOST Featured on NPR's RADIO TIMES and WISCONSIN PUBLIC RADIO When a painful loss or life-shattering event upends your world, here is the first thing to know: there is nothing wrong with grief. "Grief is simply love in its most wild and painful form," says Megan Devine. "It is a natural and sane response to loss." So, why does our culture treat grief like a disease to be cured as quickly as possible? In It’s OK That You’re Not OK, Megan Devine offers a profound new approach to both the experience of grief and the way we try to help others who have endured tragedy. Having experienced grief from both sides—as both a therapist and as a woman who witnessed the accidental drowning of her beloved partner—Megan writes with deep insight about the unspoken truths of loss, love, and healing. She debunks the culturally prescribed goal of returning to a normal, "happy" life, replacing it with a far healthier middle path, one that invites us to build a life alongside grief rather than seeking to overcome it. In this compelling and heartful book, you’ll learn: • Why well-meaning advice, therapy, and spiritual wisdom so often end up making it harder for people in grief • How challenging the myths of grief—doing away with stages, timetables, and unrealistic ideals about how grief should unfold—allows us to accept grief as a mystery to be honored instead of a problem to solve • Practical guidance for managing stress, improving sleep, and decreasing anxiety without trying to "fix" your pain • How to help the people you love—with essays to teach us the best skills, checklists, and suggestions for supporting and comforting others through the grieving process Many people who have suffered a loss feel judged, dismissed, and misunderstood by a culture that wants to "solve" grief. Megan writes, "Grief no more needs a solution than love needs a solution." Through stories, research, life tips, and creative and mindfulness-based practices, she offers a unique guide through an experience we all must face—in our personal lives, in the lives of those we love, and in the wider world. It’s OK That You’re Not OK is a book for grieving people, those who love them, and all those seeking to love themselves—and each other—better.
When Someone Dies: A Book about Death for Kids who are Curious or who are Experiencing a Death by Laura Camerona
Category: Grief & Bereavement
This book was published this year by Words Worth Repeating and takes approximately 0.8 hours to read.
A children's book about death. The book was created for a trusted adult to read with a child to teach them about death, customs regarding death, and feelings that are associated with death. The book does not give one way to think about death, but rather explains a variety of beliefs about death and gives the reader a chance to share their own beliefs and thoughts. The book prepares the child for things they may encounter after a death such as cemeteries, caskets, cremation, etc. in gentle, but honest words. The book gives a family or a group a starting point for further discussion. The illustrations are calming and diverse. The book does not depict one specific race or culture. This book is appropriate to read to kids after they experience the death of someone they know. The book is also appropriate for a curious child who has been asking questions about death. Book initially intended to be read with a child or children between 3 and 12 years old.
Answers about the Afterlife: A Private Investigator's 15-Year Research Unlocks the Mysteries of Life after Death by Bob Olson
Category: Grief & Bereavement
This book was published 7 years ago by Building Bridges Press and takes approximately 8.7 hours to read.
Olson is a former skeptic who began investigating evidence of life after death after the passing of his father. This book is a comprehensive resource answering the most crucial questions about what happens when we die. He considers near-death experiences, after-death communications, spirit contact through mediums, past lives, past-life memories, out-of-body experiences, dream visitations, and much more.
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander
This book was published 9 years ago by Simon & Schuster and takes approximately 6.5 hours to read.
Shares an account of his religiously transformative near-death experience and revealing week-long coma, describing his scientific study of near-death phenomena while explaining what he learned about the nature of human consciousness.
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: And Other Questions About Dead Bodies by Caitlin Doughty
Category: Grief & Bereavement
This book was published last year by W. W. Norton & Company and takes approximately 8.5 hours to read.
Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. What would happen to an astronaut's body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop when they die? Can grandma have a Viking funeral? In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Doughty blends history, science, and anthropology to offer candid, hilarious answers to urgent questions about what will happen (to our bodies) after we die. This edition features an interview with a psychologist on how to talk about death and new and never-before-answered questions from readers. Beautifully illustrated by Dianné Ruz, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? is "a charming guide into something we take enormous pains to avoid" (Paste).
Let's Talk About Hard Things by Anna Sale
Category: Interpersonal Relations
This book was published this year by Simon & Schuster and takes approximately 10.1 hours to read.
From the host of the popular WNYC podcast Death, Sex, & Money, Let’s Talk About Hard Things is an invitation to discuss the tough topics that all of us encounter. “You will laugh, cry, nod in recognition, and by the end, feel like no topic is off-limits when it comes to creating meaningful connection” (Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk To Someone). Anna Sale wants you to have that conversation. You know the one. The one that you’ve been avoiding or putting off, maybe for years. The one that you’ve thought “they’ll never understand” or “do I really want to bring that up?” or “it’s not going to go well, so why even try?” Sale is the founder and host of WNYC’s popular, award-winning podcast Death, Sex, & Money, or as the New York Times dubbed her, “a therapist at happy hour.” She and her guests have direct and thought-provoking conversations, discussing topics that most of us are too squeamish, polite, or nervous to bring up. But Sale argues that we all experience these hard things, and by not talking to one another, we cut ourselves off, leading us to feel isolated and disconnected from the people who can help us most. In Let’s Talk About Hard Things, Sale uses the best of what she’s learned from her podcast to reveal that when we have the courage to talk about hard things, we learn about ourselves, others, and the world that we make together. Diving into five of the most fraught conversation topics—death, sex, money, family, and identity—she moves between memoir, fascinating snapshots of a variety of Americans opening up about their lives, and expert opinions to show why having tough conversations is important and how to do them in a thoughtful and generous way. She uncovers that listening may be the most important part of a tough conversation, that the end goal should be understanding without the pressure of reconciliation, and that there are some things that words can’t fix (and why that’s actually okay). Touching, personal, and inspiring, Let's Talk About Hard Things is a profound meditation on why communication can connect us instead of divide us and how we can all do it better.
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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