Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death

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HarperCollins, Aug 1, 2006 - Business & Economics - 218 pages
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Cullen has created a humorous and poignant chronicle of her travels around the country to discover how Americans -- baby boomers, in particular -- are reinventing the rites of dying. What she discovered is that the people who reinvented youth, redefined careers, and reconceived middle age have created a new attitude toward the afterlife. They no longer want to take death lying down; instead, they're taking their demise into their own hands and planning the after-party.

Cullen begins her journey at a national undertakers' convention in Nashville, where she checks out the latest in death merchandise. Traveling with her newborn infant on her back, she hears stories of modern-day funerals: lobster-shaped caskets and other unconventional containers for corpses; the booming cremation industry that has spawned a slew of "end-trepreneurs," including a company that turns cremated remains into diamonds; and even mishaps like dove releases gone horribly wrong.

Cullen tours the country's first "green" cemetery in South Carolina, meets a mummification advocate at his pyramid in Utah, and visits the Frozen Dead Guy Days festival in Colorado. She crashes a Hmong funeral in Minneapolis and a tango funeral in Washington, D.C.

Eye-opening, funny, and unforgettable, Remember Me gives an account of the ways in which Americans are designing new occasions to mark death -- by celebrating life.

  

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User Review  - thornton37814 - LibraryThing

This work failed to live up to his subtitle. There was nothing "lively" about this book. It lacked cohesiveness. The author is a journalist who uses far too much verbiage to arrive at a point. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kari - Goodreads

Loved this book. Each chapter discusses a different aspect of the "new" American way of death whose examples I couldn't help but look up online. From plastination and mummification to artificial reefs ... Read full review

Contents

four funerals and a wedding
1
confessions of a funeral planner
19
biodegradable you
37
ashes to ashes dust to diamonds
61
as near to heaven by sea as by land
77
outside the box
97
the plastic man
129
the culture thing
141
denial is a river
157
modern undertaking 101
171
orchids and chopsticks
195
last stop
207
index
213
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About the author (2006)

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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