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Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death Paperback – September 4, 2007
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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.)
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About the Author
A New York–based staff writer for Time, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen was its Tokyo correspondent, as well as a writer for Money. A recipient of a fellowship from the International Reporting Project, she is a graduate of Columbia University's journalism school and a member of the Asian-American Journalists Association. Cullen was born and raised in Kobe, Japan. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their daughter.
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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.