Death and Grief: Novels and Fact

A Listmania! list by Knowledge Contagion (California - again)
The list author says: "Shortly after my mother died, I found myself reading about death constantly. I read a lot of novels about people who had lost someone and I thought it would help. I'm not sure if it did or not, but maybe this list will help someone else. Apparently, most of the novels are about women, so sorry about that lack of balance. I will update it as often as I remember something or read something new.

If there are as trices (**), they indicate a review I did for the book."
A Dirty Job: A Novel
1.  A Dirty Job: A Novel by Christopher Moore
The list author says:
  "This was so good I had to move it to the top of my list! I LOVED this book!! It is hilarious and yet very touching ... He gives a very interesting description of what happens to souls when the person has died ... makes you think ..."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (491 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Brief History of the Dead
2.  The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
The list author says:
  "Mr. Brockmeier's view of "life" after death is very thought provoking (and somewhat alarming because it really isn't much different than real life). It really is amazing how everything ties together the farther along you read."
$12.33   Used & New from: $0.01
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

Good Grief: A Novel
3.  Good Grief: A Novel by Lolly Winston
The list author says:
  "Wife's husband dies and she copes as best she can. It was written humorously - and it worked! - I found myself laughing throughout the book."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)

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The Drummer's Widow
4.  The Drummer's Widow by Joanna FitzPatrick
The list author says:
  "This was a homey book - I don't know how else to describe it. It's the type of book that doesn't make you want to cry ... I found this to be oddly comforting. ****"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Paint It Black: A Novel
5.  Paint It Black: A Novel by Janet Fitch
The list author says:
  "This is basically about how a self destructive person deals with grief. *****"
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)

Missing Mom: A Novel (P.S.)
6.  Missing Mom: A Novel (P.S.) by Joyce Carol Oates
The list author says:
  "Woman is left to deal with her mother's murder and doesn't really know what to do. I didn't think there was any closure at the end, but then again, that's realistic."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

The Final Bath
7.  The Final Bath by Amber Lenore Winckler
The list author says:
  "I believe this would be considered a fictionalized memoir (if there is such a thing). Easy to read ... provided some insights into how people who make a living with death deal with it in their own ways. *****"
$11.42   Used & New from: $6.86
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Into the Hands of Strangers
8.  Into the Hands of Strangers by Amber Lenore Winckler
The list author says:
  "I feel this is better than her first one. I'm not in the death care industry in any aspect, but I should think that anyone thinking about considering this as a career choice should read Amber Lenore Winckler's books. *****"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

The Distribution of Fluids
9.  The Distribution of Fluids by Amber Lenore Winckler
The list author says:
  "I don't want to give anything away ... So ... One of these stories gives a very compelling and disturbing look at what "the other side" might be like. *****"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

The Lovely Bones
10.  The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The list author says:
  "Gives one hope that there is an individual heaven for everyone, but the thought that they do watch us after they die is rather unsettling. I found this a great read."
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The Almost Moon: A Novel
11.  The Almost Moon: A Novel by Alice Sebold
The list author says:
  "This book is written from the point of view of a daughter who has killed her mentally ill mother and is dealing with her conflicting feelings. ****"
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2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (378 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Education of Harriet Hatfield: A Novel
12.  The Education of Harriet Hatfield: A Novel by May Sarton
The list author says:
  "Woman loses her lover of many years and tries to figure out what to do next. I wish grief was as easy to resolve as this."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

The Loved One
13.  The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh
The list author says:
  "This book is hilarious! The chapter that describes an Englishman's task of preparing the burial of a fellow Englishman in Hollywood in 1948 is too funny to miss. You will not find anything to be sad about when reading this book."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

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The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End
14.  The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End by Harold Schechter
The list author says:
  "This is lumped in there with the likes of "Stiff" and "The American Way of Death." This turned out to be something other than what I thought - but in a good way. It's a very practical guide to death, in addition to giving the reader a lot of interesting facts and history. Highly recommended."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die
15.  Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die by Michael Largo
The list author says:
  "Full of interesting facts and history - obviously meticulously researched; however, I noticed some obvious errors in the serial killer section, so I'm wondering about other factual errors ..."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death
16.  Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
The list author says:
  "A fascinating cultural study of the way Baby Boomers are dealing with death. *****"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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The American Way of Death
17.  The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford
The list author says:
  "Published in the 1960s (there's a revised edition I have yet to read). It's a very cynical look at the funeral industry that probably hasn't changed much."
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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
18.  Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The list author says:
  "This was a fascinating read! It's amazing what a cadaver can be used for - one has many options."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,048 customer reviews)

Body Brokers: Inside America's Underground Trade in Human Remains
19.  Body Brokers: Inside America's Underground Trade in Human Remains by Annie Cheney
The list author says:
  "Very readable. It struck me as a sub-chapter for "Stiff." ****"
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers
20.  The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers by Scott Carney
The list author says:
  "Technically, this doesn't belong on the list ... But I'm leaving it because it's the living equivalent of "Body Brokers." Carney's trail seems to focus mainly on India ..."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Coroner's Journal: Forensics and the Art of Stalking Death
21.  Coroner's Journal: Forensics and the Art of Stalking Death by Louis Cataldie
The list author says:
  "I would recommend this over "Death's Acre" ... it's very readable, straightforward and honest. These are cases that stood out for him, not just the "interesting" ones. He needs to publish another book!!"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales
22.  Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales by William M. Bass
The list author says:
  "Very interesting look at exactly how forensic science advances outside of a lab. This book is not for the squeamish."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner
23.  Dissecting Death: Secrets of a Medical Examiner by Frederick T. Zugibe
The list author says:
  "Not as personable as "Remember Me" or "Death's Acre" but it was still a great read with fascinating cases."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
24.  This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust
The list author says:
  "A fascinating look at how the Civil War - unlike any other war in our history - changed the way Americans viewed and dealt with death."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)

Now Watch Him Die
25.  Now Watch Him Die by Rollins
The list author says:
  "Starts where "See A Grown Man Cry" left off (the last five pages of which dealt with his best friend's murder). This was a very moving, heart wrenching book to read. I can't put into words how this book made me feel."
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A Widow's Story: A Memoir
26.  A Widow's Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates
The list author says:
  "She articulates grief in a way that few people would be able to. I'm not a widow, but I really appreciated what she wrote."
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Sister Age
27.  Sister Age by M. F. K. Fisher
The list author says:
  "A touching collection of MFK Fisher's observations and experiences with death and aging."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

A Very Easy Death (Pantheon Modern Writers Series)
28.  A Very Easy Death (Pantheon Modern Writers Series) by Simone de Beauvoir
The list author says:
  "A short memoir of the death of Simone's mother ... It's very direct, moving, and sincere. The reason for the title is pretty interesting."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre
29.  Adieux: A Farewell to Sartre by Simone de Beauvoir
The list author says:
  "It's not really what I expected. Chronicles the last ten years of Sartre's life and includes a lengthy Q & A with Simone asking the questions and Sartre answering them."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton
30.  Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton by Linda Gray Sexton
The list author says:
  "Written after her mother, Anne Sexton, committed suicide. This is her account of having a mentally ill poet for a mother."
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Mortician Diaries: The Dead-Honest Truth from a Life Spent with Death
31.  Mortician Diaries: The Dead-Honest Truth from a Life Spent with Death by June Knights Nadle
The list author says:
  "Not really what I was expecting ... ***"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Mop Men: Inside the World of Crime Scene Cleaners
32.  Mop Men: Inside the World of Crime Scene Cleaners by Alan Emmins
The list author says:
  "This was a lot funnier than I thought it was going to be, but I found it to be interesting rather than fascinating."
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Public Executions: From Ancient Rome to the Present Day
33.  Public Executions: From Ancient Rome to the Present Day by Nigel Cawthorne
The list author says:
  "An informative introduction into the history of public executions throughout Europe and parts of Eurasia. ****"
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...Or Not to Be: A Collection of Suicide Notes
34.  ...Or Not to Be: A Collection of Suicide Notes by Marc Etkind
The list author says:
  "I've read parts of this ... Along with the suicide notes, the book includes facts and studies - quite interesting ..."
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Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murders, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science
35.  Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murders, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science by William M. Bass
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  "I haven't read the following books, but I thought I would hopefully make the list more helpful by adding them."
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Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt
36.  Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill the Dirt by Todd Harra
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The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries (P.S.)
37.  The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries (P.S.) by Marilyn Johnson
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This Will Kill You: A Guide to the Ways in Which We Go
38.  This Will Kill You: A Guide to the Ways in Which We Go by H. P. Newquist
The list author says:
  "Looks informative ... I am hoping that if I pursue a writing career, this will prove to be a good reference"
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The Savage God: A Study of Suicide
39.  The Savage God: A Study of Suicide by A. Alvarez
The list author says:
  "This book includes a memoir of Sylvia Plath."
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