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“An Eat, Pray, Love for the afterlife … Murray tackles an uncomfortable subject with sensitivity, humor and great insight … Making an Exit raises a host of issues worth thinking about … In addition to being a deeply informative book, Making an Exit is also a personal one. Murray’s reflections on her father’s terminal illness and his plans for a no-frills cremation are particularly touching … In the end, as her own experiences show, the rituals we create to honor the dead may say more about the living, and our fears and hopes.”—Rachel Newcomb, The Washington Post
“The death of her father, and his clear orders for an unfussy, secular send-off, prompted Ms. Murray to consider her own long goodbye. The result is not only a fascinating travelogue, but also a personal meditation on loss and fate. Ms. Murray excels in the role of intrepid tour guide. She has an inviting way of taking readers by the hand to explore new cultures and places … there is a wealth to discover within these pages.”—The Economist
SARAH MURRAY is author of Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat. A longtime Financial Times contributor, she lives in New York City.
Fascinating look at how different cultures mourn and dispose of their dead. I thought I knew a good bit about this but there was a lot I did not. Read morePublished 5 months ago by G. Maisano
We are so out of touch in the uSA with death. Touching it through these stories fro around the world is a great way to introduce people to death as a time to celebrate and honorPublished 18 months ago by Ana Kritis
Most people consider this kind of reading morbid but it's one of my favorite subjects--and Murray has done a fantastic job writing about it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Salix Alba
Yes, the book is depressing. OBVIOUSLY! It's a book about death...what do people expect?! If you realize what this book is before you go into it, I think you'll very much enjoy it. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer
When I was younger I lost someone close to me and ever since I've been fascinated by death and all things surrounding death from a base scientific level up to the lofty... Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by T. Adlam
As American becomes more diverse it is interesting to better nderstand how different cultures treat death. Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by LexOrandi
This book is one part limited autobiography / adventure story and one part survey of world cultures around the taboo topic of death and how we as a race deal with that final event... Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by Michael Gmirkin