- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: HarperBusiness; First Edition edition (August 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060766832
- ISBN-13: 978-0060766832
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Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death Hardcover – August 1, 2006
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This intriguing survey of America's rapidly mutating funeral customs probes the one force mightier than death: consumerism. Journalist Cullen explores the innumerable ways in which funerals are being personalized, publicized, economized, commercialized, trivialized and, perhaps, humanized. Among the many offbeat memorials she unearths are funerals with Hawaiian, tango or Harley-Davidson themes, as well as beer-themed caskets, eco-friendly funerals, "human diamonds" manufactured from a loved one's ashes, and a Colorado town that celebrates a do-it-yourself cryonics pioneer with its Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival, now a major tourist attraction. In the middle of it all, she finds, is an uneasy funeral industry, squeezed at the bottom by cheap Chinese caskets and the vogue for no-frills cremation and challenged at the top by finicky boomer customers demanding more elaborate and symbol-laden rites (one poignant graveside dove-release attracted a passing hawk, with off-message results.) Cullen isn't much given to muckraking or dark pensées; "Death is a big, huge bummer" is as morbid as she gets. Her set-piece retrospectives on the guests of honor at unusual send-offs sometimes seem dully eulogistic. But for the most part her vivid reportage and wryly sympathetic tone feel anything but embalmed. (Aug.)
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“Subtly funny, impeccably researched, and utterly fascinating . . . the liveliest book about death ever written.” (Cathi Hanauer, author of Sweet Ruin and My Sister’s Bones and editor of The Bitch in the House.)
“A must read for anyone who plans on dying.” (Mary Roach, author of STIFF)
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While there are some humorous bits, it's mostly a serious look at "the New American Way of Death" - sensitively written - some of the parts which could well have been mined for humor were treated respectfully by the author.
That said, it is an excellent book - 5 stars for content - I gave it only 4 just because it wasn't as humorous as I was expecting.
Cullen goes on trips to various funerals and memorial services. She visits places like the National Funeral Directors Association convention to find out what funeral directors think about. Lisa Takeuchi Cullen finds herself in the cock pit of a plane helping Bill Fallon scatter ashes with his Scatterrific, the machine he uses to pour of remains. Cullen goes above and beyond normal researching; she gets involved. Lisa Takeuchi Cullen also tells the story of many deceased ones throughout the novel, and talked to the loved ones, and why they chose this method of death. The author has a witty tone throughout this book, which makes it easier to read. Death has always been a difficult topic for anyone to talk about, but with her sense of humor, this book has been an enjoyable read. Each chapter embarks the reader on a journey beginning with a clever title, and tells about a certain aspect of death. The reader also receives a narrative from someone who has chosen this method of remembrance for their loved one.
I was assigned to read this book as a class assignment and after picking it up, I thought to myself: "great, another depressing book, except this one is about what to do with my body after I'm dead". But after reading through a few pages, I found this book entertaining. I loved the author's tone and voice throughout this novel; it was humorous. I found myself awed at the different types of burials, and what could be done with the cremated ashes. I believe the author completes all her objectives and covers a plethora of funerals. This book has made me, a college student, start thinking about my funeral. It made me ponder upon the different possibilities, even though, I have not decided upon anything for certain yet. We all have our different outlooks on death, and how our life should be remembered, in Lisa Takeuchi Cullen's novel, Remember Me, she acknowledges this and explores the different aspects.
I loved the examples of the ways people are choosing to be remembered, & have picked up a few ideas for my own 'Transition Celebration'.
An excellent read.