- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: Temple University Press; 1 edition (September 27, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439908249
- ISBN-13: 978-1439908242
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How We Die Now: Intimacy and the Work of Dying 1st Edition
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