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Curtains by Tom Jokinen
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Mar 31, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: american-studies, anthropology, academics, history, public-health, technology, death, death-care, industry, corporate, mom-and-pop, canada, culture, north-america, memoirs
Read from March 31 to April 09, 2010

I am generally not a fan of non-fiction, except when it comes to anything dealing with human bodies. It's the public health advocate in me, I suppose. This book sucked me in. I couldn't put it down. Tom Jokinen is an excellent writer and explores his own relationship with impending mortality as he explains the burgeoning options now on offer for the death care industry. He keeps away from the cryogenic and neo-pyramid cults and sticks to the real issues, embalm, casket, cremate, inter, grave markers, perpetual care, pre-need services, and the gimmicks and old and new rituals around death. I think it was fantastic. If you are easily creeped out, this is not the book for you. But if you have a genuine interest in how we as a society deal with death, I encourage you take the hearse for a spin. If you are fascinated with economies of death, also a good go-to place.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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