American Afterlife

American Afterlife

Encounters in the Customs of Mourning

Book - 2014
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What happens after someone dies depends on our personal stories and on where those stories fall in a larger tale--that of death in America. It's a powerful tale that we usually keep hidden from our everyday lives until we have to face it. American Afterlife by Kate Sweeney reveals this world through a collective portrait of Americans past and present who find themselves personally involved with death: a klatch of obit writers in the desert, a funeral voyage on the Atlantic, a fourth-generation funeral director--even a midwestern museum that takes us back in time to meet our death-obsessed Victorian progenitors. Each story illuminates details in another until something larger is revealed: a landscape that feels at once strange and familiar, one that's by turns odd, tragic, poignant, and sometimes even funny.
Publisher: Athens :, The University of Georgia Press,, [2014]
Description: xiv, 216 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780820346007
0820346004
Branch Call Number: 393.0973 Swe

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Apr 16, 2018

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Apr 16, 2018

American Afterlife by Kate Sweeney presents several perspectives within the occupations and first-hand accounts of death and dying in American culture. Her writing presents as a memoir, a travel journal that details interactions with a museum curator, a tattoo artist, an obituary writer, a cemetery caretaker, a memorial photographer, and more. Each story is told with elegant descriptions and draws the reader as if they are standing beside her. Deep in historical information and modern connections this books is difficult to set down. At moments, you simply have those "aha" moments that leave you wanting to read further.

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Apr 16, 2018

"To Americans, death is an enigma" American Afterlife, Kate Sweeney, 2014, pg. 4.

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