Dave Wood's Book Report, Aug. 5, 2009
I think I've just received the ultimate in John Reading. "The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End" (Ballantine Books, $18), by humorist/scholar, Harold Sheckter is a delight to dip into during daily ablutions.
Sheckter has researched the subject of death from the earliest days (we died back then too) to the present.
He shovels out lots of detail on subjects like wills, the hospice experience (titled going out with comfort and style) and the embalmers art.