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

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Harper Collins, 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  - kinkish - LibraryThing

I've just finished breezing through "Remember Me" by Lisa Takeuchin Cullen, one of the more entertaining reads I've had this summer. There's nothing like poring over pages about death and funerals on ... Read full review


four funerals and a wedding
confessions of a funeral planner
biodegradable you
ashes to ashes dust to diamonds
as near to heaven by sea as by land
outside the box
the plastic man
the culture thing
denial is a river
modern undertaking 101
orchids and chopsticks
last stop

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Lisa Takeuchi Cullen is a staff writer for Time.

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