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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393249897
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2017

In a time and age when death seems more commercialized than ever and America more removed from our grief practices than ever, Doughty reminds us there are other ways. For anyone who has a tendency to say Just leave me out in the woods or talks about wishing they could go out Vikings style, Doughty discusses death customs with the ease of any other dinner conversation topic. She sets forth not to make her readers as comfortable with death as she, a mortician, is, but at the very least to convince the death-phobic to examine why they feel the way they feel about death. It is not that death is inherently off putting, but rather that we have been conditioned to approach it in such a sterile, unsentimental manner, and if treating death as a business is something we have been taught, then can we not teach ourselves how to make it into ceremony again? ~ Reviewed by Hanna Yost


Death's Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying Teaches Us about Life and Living by Brandy Schillace - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781681773247
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Published: Pegasus Books - February 14th, 2017

When it comes to living with death we have it all wrong here in the west (specifically the U.S. and the U.K.). We live with it everyday, share the same air and yet we ignore and push it aside like some evil obnoxious step-child we'd prefer never existed. And that is what makes life much harder for us whenever death decides to come to dinner. Schillace addresses this conflict and explores other cultures and newly emerging practices to pose new ideas and new means of accepting and celebrating this fundamental aspect of existence in our lives. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393249897
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 3rd, 2017

A fascinating study on the varying death practices that exist throughout multiple locations in the modern world. Before you run the other way, take a moment to allow yourself to be curious about the bizarreness of human death rituals. Why are we so afraid to discuss death and what happens to the bodies of ourselves and our loved ones when we pass away? Doughty constructs a way to keep the reader pondering how the funeral home industries of the Western world have shaped our ways of viewing the dead in comparison to other parts of the globe that value a unique kinship with the deceased. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316356541
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Published: Little Brown and Company - August 1st, 2017

19 year old track star Maddy Holleran committed suicide in her freshman year at Penn. Fagan examines Maddy's friendships, family ties, and voluminous social media posts for clues to her horrid emotional disintegration. The search is full supposition, conjecture, and the heartbreaking mystery of what made Maddy run. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781941040706
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Published: Tin House Books - August 1st, 2017

A slim, assertive memoir about confronting and preparing for death. Both staggering and comforting, this book is an essential and remarkable meditation on mortality. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime by Adrian Raine - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307475619
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Published: Vintage Books - February 11th, 2014

This book compelled me to study psychology. Its engrossing trek into the history of crime is fantastically narrated, and detailed in a way that draws you further and further into the stories and reasoning behind each subject. As well as revealing personal moments about his own life in regards to his work, Raine brings us a glimpse into the future as these subjects become more ingrained in everyday life--a must read for anyone interested in the link between psychology and criminology. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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