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

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Rest in Peace traces the origins of US funeral rituals, from the evolution of embalming techniques during and after the Civil War and the shift from home funerals to funeral homes at the turn of the century, to the increasing subordination of priests, ministers, and other religious figures to the funeral director throughout the 20th century.
Paperback, 296 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2003)
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Rachel
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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Kelly Lynn Thomas
Got to page 96, then had to return to the library. Don't have time to check it out again right now, so I'm backlisting it and home to finish it at some point in the near future.
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May 22, 2008 Tracey marked it as to-read
393 Laderman 2003 -- Referenced in Remember Me (Lisa Takeuchi Cullen)> Ginnie gave 4 stars & Rachel Stults gave 5 stars
Cynthisa
From my old book log: "About the funeral biz. Coulda been fascinating, but instead was quite boring. Too bad."
noelle
two steps away from being unreadable but interesting enough to keep me going
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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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