Book Review: The American Way of Death

While I’m quite comfortable reading ‘old’ books in the classic literature sense of the word, this is a classic of another sort.  The book is almost 50 years old, and provides a practical glimpse into American funerary practices.  While the information in terms of prices and statistics has no bearing today, it’s still a helpful glimpse into an arena that remains shrouded in mystery still today.

Not sure if I’d recommend it as reading, but it’s definitely worth skimming.  The author published a follow up book in 2000 that I haven’t read.  Oddly enough, it was published posthumously, as the author died in 1996.  There has to be a joke there, but I can’t figure out what it is.

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