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- DescriptionSomeone dies. What happens next? One family inters their matriarch's ashes on the floor of the ocean. Ather holds a memorial weenie roast each year at a greenburial cemetery. An 1898 ad for embalming fluid promises, You can make mummies with it! while a leading contemporary burial vault is touted as impervious to the elements. A grieving mother, 150 years ago, might spend her days tending a garden at her daughter's grave. Today, she might tend the roadside memorial she erected at the spot her daughter was killed. One mother wears a locket containing her daughter's hair; the other, a necklace containing her ashes. What happens after someone dies depends on our personal stories and on where those stories fall in a larger tale - that of death in America. It's a powerful tale that we usually keep hidden from our everyday lives until we have to face it. American Afterlife by Kate Sweeney reveals this world through a collective portrait of Americans past and present who find themselves personally involved with death: a klatch of obit writers in the desert, a funeral voyage on the Atlantic, a fourth-generation funeral director - even a midwestern museum that takes us back in time to meet our deathobsessed Victorian progenitors. Each story illuminates details in ather until something larger is revealed: a landscape that feels at once strange and familiar, one that's by turns odd, tragic, poignant, and sometimes even funny.
- Author BiographyKate Sweeney is a producer for NPR affiliate WABE 90.1 FM in Atlanta, Georgia. She has won two Edward R. Murrow awards and two Associated Press awards for her work.
- Author(s)Kate Sweeney
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication28/02/2014
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Note8 b&w photos
- Weight431 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine25 mm
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