Obit: Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People Who Led Extraordinary Lives

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Penguin Books, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 242 pages
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Like Everything I Really Needed to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten, or Tuesdays with Morrie, Obit is a wise and deeply moving book that illuminates the human condition. For ten years, Jim Sheeler has scoured Colorado looking for subjects whose stories he will tell for the last time. Most are unknowns, but that doesn?t mean they?re nobodies. Their obituaries are sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, and chock full of life lessons as taught by the people we all pass on the street every day. And thanks to Sheeler?s brilliant and compassionate prose, it?s not too late to meet them.

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Review: Obit. Inspiring Stories of Ordinary People who Led Extraordinary Lives

User Review  - Laura Baverman - Goodreads

I heard this guy speak at a workshop on narrative writing and was in awe of his ability to tell the story of someone's life once that person has passed. The stories are so touching and inspiring. He definitely transforms the idea of an obituary. Read full review

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User Review  - Maddie Rawstron - Goodreads

I thought this book was okay. In the beginning, I loved it, but by the end of the book, it seemed extremely repetitive, and I was very bored. At least six of the stories were about men who loved their ... Read full review


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J im Sheeler is a Pulitzer Prize?winning reporter for the Rocky Mountain News. Sheeler was inducted into the Obituary Writer?s Hall of Fame in 2006.

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