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

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Harper Collins, 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

REMEMBER ME: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A fresh and funny look at what's new in funerals.Time magazine staff writer Cullen conducted her personal, on-site survey of funeral rites and after-death practices while pushing her infant daughter ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen is a staff writer for Time.

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