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Round-Trip to Deadsville: A Year in the Funeral Underground

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  31 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Tim Matson takes us along for a hilarious yet enlightening road trip as he explores through visits with a cast of off-beat characters options for his funeral and disposal of his body.
Hardcover, 220 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company (first published September 28th 2000)
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Traci
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those titles that has been hanging around the library, not getting checked out in ages (if ever). I've been drawn to books like this for a while now, having read various works about the funeral industry, and of course, Mary Roach's Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. I figured I'd take this home, see what it was about.

Interestingly, it's not really like the other books. It's a much more personal look at the death industry, as the author is trying to decide/plan his own fun
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Sara
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: death-books
A little outdated but still informative. Quick read!
Cassidy Martin
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Read for class. Definitely interesting to learn about the funeral industry but not something I would pick up and read for pleasure, unless you have a fear or curiosity about funerals. In that case, this would be a helpful read.
Loren
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: morbid-books
Tim Matson had written on Earth Ponds and Pilobolus, but in middle age, he began to suffer anxiety about the end of his existence. The first thing that offered relief was a photograph of George “Ginseng” Willard standing shoulder to shoulder with his own coffin, recycled from a rosewood piano. Matson set out to find out more about “Ginseng” Willard while he researched building his own coffin.

Matson’s quest led him to a cast of characters that he refers to as “icons in an eternal drama played by
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Sadie Forsythe
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I picked this up on a bargain shelf somewhere just because the title intrigued me, and it didn't disappoint. It is one man's journey to face his own mortality by exploring the business of death, or more to the point disposal of ones mortal remains. He visits coffin makers, urn makers, graveyards, etc. As morbid as it sounds he does so in a light-hearted and humorous way. The book manages to make you laugh and contemplate death at the same time, not an easy task.
Rose
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Charming and down-to-earth. Mr. Matson decides to build his own coffin and his search into our modern relationship with death takes him from a coffin-builder to a funeral director, a florist, even an astrologer (among many others)and each short piece reveals a lot about how our changing society.
Willa Grant
Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book about the search for authenticity in ones own death & disposal- a surprisingly fun book-
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