Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the American Way of Dea

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Harper Collins, Apr 5, 2011 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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In Remember Me, Time writer Lisa Takeuchi Cullen has created a humorous and poignant chronicle of her travels around the country to discover how Americans are reinventing the rites of dying. What she learned is that people no longer want to take death lying down; instead, they're taking their demise into their own hands and planning the afterparty.

Cullen hears stories of modern-day funerals: lobster-shaped caskets and other unconventional containers for corpses; cremated remains turned into diamonds; and even mishaps like dove releases gone horribly wrong.

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

Contents

four funerals and a wedding
1
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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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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