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The Obituary
Gail Scott

Nightboat, 2012

In order to traverse a city where identity is tagged by accent, Rosine, Gail Scott’s part-Indigenous protagonist, performs an ever-shifting amalgam, ventriloquizing often suspect voices, both contemporaneous and ancestral. Her inability to claim a legacy becomes a trajectory of disjunctions where place, language, and race are lived through in the most detailed ways, fostering schisms that challenge what narrative has come to mean under the ...



Stephanie Hayes, 2013

Penny Perkins, journalist, upstanding citizen, dutiful bridesmaid, just killed her date. Smashed him on the head with a bottle of Misty Mangoberry Merlot. She is tipsy and panicked. She is wearing a heinous pink bridesmaid dress that makes her irrational. Penny knows she should call the cops and explain her date's grabby hands, his crazy eyes. She should cry self-defense. She should do a lot of things she doesn't do. Things are about ...


Mark Steyn's Passing Parade: Obituaries & Appreciations expanded edition

Stockade Books, 2014

This newly expanded edition of Mark Steyn's Passing Parade looks back to the men and women who, in ways great and small, helped shape the 20th century. The Washington Post called Mark "the world's wittiest obit writer", and many others agree. "Mark Steyn is a more than brilliant writer who can't resist quipping as he appreciates," says WGN's Milt Rosenberg. "He memorializes the recently departed with startling joie de vivre." Robert Fulford, the ...


Obituaries in Genealogy: A Research Tool

Millennia Corporation, 2014

Obituaries are not only a fantastic resource for beginning your genealogical research, but they can also be a great tool for enhancing what you've already collected. While their accuracy should always be questioned and verified (as with ANY source we encounter), obituaries can contain a large volume of information for an individual’s family. Finding obituaries, however, is not always easy. Many newspapers are being digitized and placed online, ...


The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries (P.S.)
Marilyn Johnson

Harper Perennial, 2007

Marilyn Johnson was enthralled by the remarkable lives that were marching out of this world—so she sought out the best obits in the English language and the people who spent their lives writing about the dead. She surveyed the darkest corners of Internet chat rooms, and made a pilgrimage to London to savor the most caustic and literate obits of all. Now she leads us on a compelling journey into the cult and culture behind the obituary page and ...


The Obituary Writer: A Novel
Ann Hood

W. W. Norton & Company, 2013

A sophisticated and suspenseful novel about the poignant lives of two women living in different eras. On the day John F. Kennedy is inaugurated, Claire, an uncompromising young wife and mother obsessed with the glamour of Jackie O, struggles over the decision of whether to stay in a loveless marriage or follow the man she loves and whose baby she may be carrying. Decades earlier, in 1919, Vivien Lowe, an obituary writer, is searching for her ...


The Economist Book of Obituaries
Keith Colquhoun, Ann Wroe

Bloomberg Press, 2008

Obituaries of 199 people and a dead parrot from “The Economist’s” popular column. Each stylishly written story and accompanying photograph surprises, entertains, and stimulates. The titled, wealthy, and powerful are here, of course, including Diana, Princess of Wales, Gerald Ford, Bob Hope, John Paul II, Norman Mailer, Mstislav Rostropovich, and General William Westmoreland, but so are others: a cookery teacher and spy, the inventor of ...


Obituary: How to Write This Critical Document

Big Apple Publishing Company, 2012

This book was written for anyone attempting to create an obituary. It takes the reader through the steps in a simple, concise method from initial steps to submission. Written by a professional author and edited by a genealogist, this one-of-a-kind reference makes a troubled time easier. Chapters include: Initial Steps Before You Begin Writing Writing the Obituary The Opening Paragraph The Family Paragraph The Final Details Paragraph Optional ...


Obituaries in American Culture
Janice Hume

University Press of Mississippi, 2000

What obituaries tell us about our culture, past and present "Within the short period of a year she was a bride, a beloved wife and companion, a mother, a corpse," reported The National Intelligencer on the death of Elizabeth Buchanan in 1838. Such obituaries fascinate us. Few of us realize that, when examined historically, they can reveal not only information about the departed but also much about American culture and about who and what we ...


Obituary Cocktail: The Great Saloons of New Orleans
Kerri McCaffety

Pelican Publishing, 2011

A tour of some of the most historic saloons in America. There is no doubt that New Orleans has more drinking establishments per capita than any other city in the United States. Lavishly illustrated with more than 200 photographs, this elegant pictorial history provides a glimpse into the architectural and cultural treasures still operating today. From urban legends to classic recipes, all is revealed in this collection of fascinating true ...


An Obituary for Major Reno
Richard S. Wheeler

Forge Books, 2004

Major Marcus Reno is a controversal figure, a man accused of being responsible for the worst disaster ever to befall the army of the United States. He had been one of George Armstrong Custer's senior officers when Custer and over 200 men in his command were annihilated by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors above the Little Big Horn River in Montana Territory. While declared by his superiors innocent of wrong-doing in the terrible battle, Marcus Reno's ...


Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers
Alana Baranick, Jim Sheeler, ...

Marion Street Press, LLC, 2005

Life on the Death Beat is a guide to obituary writing. It helps journalists effectively research and write obituaries that inform readers.


What Obituaries Don't Tell You: Conversations About Life and Death
Kathryn F. Weymouth

BalboaPress, 2013

The terminal diagnosis is given, the knock on the door comes, and someone you love is dying or has just died. Death happens every day, yet as one hospital chaplain said, "Most of the time we just live life as if it isn't an issue until it's in our face" It's not as if death is a secret. It's on the news and in the newspaper daily, but we don't talk about it very much, almost pretending as if it won't happen to us or our loved ones. But by not ...


The Alpine Obituary (An Emma Lord Mystery)
Mary Daheim

Fawcett, 2002

SPECIAL EDITION: MURDER Not even in Alpine, Washington, could the death of octogenarian Jack Froland be considered big news—except by his drinking buddies at Mugs Ahoy. But that suddenly changes when in the middle of the funeral, Jack’s widow hysterically insists that he was murdered. Emma Lord, publisher of The Alpine Advocate , who is already investigating a threatening letter received by the town’s beautiful blonde judge, now suspects ...


David Atkins

Xlibris, Corp., 2011

Obituary by David Atkins


The Obituary Writer
Lauren St.John

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ), 2014

Nick Donaghue, a handsome young obituary writer for THE TIMES, leads a charmed existence until he is caught up in one of Britain's worst ever train crashes. When he survives unscathed, his friends and colleagues consider him the luckiest man alive. Only Nick knows the truth - that he is tormented by horrific nightmares. When they start to appear grimly prescient, his meticulously constructed urban life is derailed. Escaping to the wilds of ...


The Obituary as Collective Memory (Routledge Advancces in Sociology)
Bridget Fowler

Routledge, 2007

The first serious academic study of obituaries, this book focuses on how societies remember. Bridget Fowler makes great use of the theories of Pierre Bordieu, arguing that obituaries are one important component in society's collective memory. This book, the first of its kind, will find a place on every serious sociology scholar's bookshelves.


A Personal Planning Guide My Final Wishes: Obituary A Personal Planning Guide

Jean Cook, 2014

Planning a Funeral Most of us are not prepared to plan and carry out a funeral ceremony for someone we love. And so much of the information available on this critically important subject fails to focus on what is most important: having a personalized, meaningful funeral that helps families and friends begin the healing process of mourning after the death of someone we love.


Hollywood's Golden Age: A Guardian Book of Obituaries

The Guardian, 2013

Fred Astaire, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich - the stars of the silver screen may be gone but their legends survive. Together, the 36 obituaries in this ebook capture the leading lights of Hollywood's Golden Age - when cinema ruled people's imaginations and actors represented unreachable but compelling heights of glamour and success. Introduced by the inimitable Ronald Bergan, these short biographies are full of the life ...


William Saroyan

Creative Arts Book Co, 1979

Provoked by the Variety obits column, Saroyan is at his best in this playful but often sardonic review of personalities from Busby Berkeley to Agatha Christie to Howard Hughes. Nominated for the American Book Award. Named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times .



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