The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries

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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 unusual lives we don't quite appreciate until they're gone.

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An eclectic and entertaining look at the state of the
obituary
in the U.S. to London, as measured by obituary writers, editors
and obsessed fans.

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"[Marilyn Johnson]'s written a warm, funny, appreciative book that, ironically enough, should live forever. But get it now."--Roy Blount, Jr., author of Feet On The Street: Rambles Around New Orleans

"A beautifully written, funny, and fascinating tour through the unexpectedly lively world of obituaries."--Lisa Grunwald, author of Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present

"A charming, lyrical book about the men and women who write obituaries... sly, droll, and completely winning."--David Halberstam

"A joyful book about obituaries? Absolutely! Marilyn Johnson pulls it off with death-defying grace, insight, charm, and wit."--Lee Eisenberg, author of The Number: A Completely Different Way to Think About the Rest of Your Life

A charming, lyrical book about the men and women who write obituaries sly, droll, and completely winning. --David Halberstam"

[Marilyn Johnson] s written a warm, funny, appreciative book that, ironically enough, should live forever. But get it now. --Roy Blount, Jr., author of Feet On The Street: Rambles Around New Orleans"

A joyful book about obituaries? Absolutely! Marilyn Johnson pulls it off with death-defying grace, insight, charm, and wit. --Lee Eisenberg, author of The Number: A Completely Different Way to Think About the Rest of Your Life"

A beautifully written, funny, and fascinating tour through the unexpectedly lively world of obituaries. --Lisa Grunwald, author of Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present"

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