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Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

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Though it has often been passionately criticized--as fraudulent, exploitative, even pagan--the American funeral home has become nearly as inevitable as death itself, an institution firmly embedded in our culture. But how did the funeral home come to hold such a position? What is its history? And is it guilty of the charges sometimes leveled against it?
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Paperback, 296 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2003)
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Rachel
Apr 23, 2008 Rachel rated it really liked it
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Much of this book is about the funeral industry, but there's some good, weird pop culture stuff as well. I particularly like the part about Walt Disney and Snow White.

The evil queen is convinced that after Snow White eats from the poisoned apple, she will be "buried alive" and no longer a threat to her own status as the "fairest in the land." ...

The dwarfs foil the queen's plans by not burying the young woman. Like many Americans at the time, the dwarfs were fixated on being close and seeing the
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Feb 17, 2013 Cynthisa rated it did not like it
From my old book log: "About the funeral biz. Coulda been fascinating, but instead was quite boring. Too bad."
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393 Laderman 2003 -- Referenced in Remember Me (Lisa Takeuchi Cullen)> Ginnie gave 4 stars & Rachel Stults gave 5 stars
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thanks again for the nod on another cool looking book!
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Gary Laderman is the Professor of American Religious History and Cultures at Emory University. He received his B.A. in psychology from California State University, Northridge, and his M.A. and Ph. D. from the Religious Studies Department, University of California, Santa Barbara. He also spent a year in Paris, France, as a graduate student, studying at the Center for Critical Studies and the Sorbon ...more
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