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Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses Hardcover – March 12, 2013
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“A tasty, sharp, wonderfully unusual book. I enjoyed it like a jar of perfect dill pickles: when the mood strikes, nothing else will satisfy.” (Mary Roach bestselling author of Gulp and Stiff)
“If really, we’re all sitting in the undertaker’s waiting-room, then Rest in Pieces is the perfect easy read, preparation for the moment when the nurse steps out of the shadows and quietly calls your name.” (Simon Winchester bestselling author of Skulls and The Professor and the Madman)
“The world is awash with legendary body parts, from Einstein’s brain to Napoleon’s most intimate organ, and this wildly entertaining account proves that the fate of the grisly relics tells us a huge amount about history—and ourselves.” (Tony Perrottet author of Napoleon’s Privates)
“Deliciously morbid and delightfully macabre, Rest in Pieces is required reading for those of us who intend, one day, to die.” (Ben Schott bestselling author of Schott's Original Miscellany)
"[A] historically beguiling, stranger-than-fiction compendium, which unearths the surprising fates of famous corpses, from Beethoven's to Eva Peron's." (Elle)
“Marvelously macabre. . . . A fascinating foray into the way of all flesh.” (Kirkus Reviews)
About the Author
Bess Lovejoy is a writer, researcher, and editor based in Brooklyn. She worked on the Schott’s Almanac series for five years, and her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere.
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This is an enjoyable book which makes fun of what I'd have to say is normally sort of creepy stuff.
Reading about dead bodies isn't for everyone. Some people might be uncomfortable reading about re-saturating famous dead willies or something equally ghastly, but if you have the stomach this is a fun read.
with many and varied famous corpses. I am not sure what draws some
of us to this unusual subject but she really, not only portrayed each
subject's journey well, but with good taste and, good humor. I thoroughly
enjoyed it and have recommended it to my friends with a healthy interest
in death... in spades! :)