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Caitlin Doughty is a mortician who runs her own nonprofit funeral home. In an attempt to make us death-phobic Americans a little more open to other cultures and practices, she takes us around the world to see all sorts of ceremonies. While some of them are shocking, Doughty writes from an accepting and fascinated worldview. This was definitely one of the most interesting nonfiction books I've read in a long time!

You may like this if you enjoyed Doughty's first book, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: and Other Lessons from the Crematory or Mary Roach's Grunt: the Curious Science of Humans at War.

Recommended by Kim Anguish


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