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Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs
Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs
by Paul Koudounaris
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Death has never looked so beautiful. The fully articulated skeleton of a female saint, dressed in an intricate costume of silk brocade and gold lace, withered fingers glittering with colorful rubies, emeralds, and pearls—this is only one of the... (read more)

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Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious
Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious
by Alix Strauss
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Author Alix Strauss takes a provocative look at the self-imposed deaths of the famous and infamous in Death Becomes Them. In this fascinating and intimate chronicle of celebrity suicides, the spotlight shines on the lonely last moments of Kurt Cobain and... (read more)

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The Socialite Who Killed a Nazi with Her Bare Hands and 143 Other Fascinating People Who Died This Past Year: The Best of the New York Times Obituarie (Obits: The New York Times Annual)
The Socialite Who Killed a Nazi with Her Bare Hands and 143 Other Fascinating People Who Died This Past Year: The Best of the New York Times Obituarie (Obits: The New York Times Annual)
by William Mcdonald
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Returning for its second year but reimagined in a new impulse format, with a new title, new cover, new mission, and new sensibility, here is The Socialite Who Killed a Nazi with Her Bare Hands, a pithier, quirkier collection of the 164 best page-turning... (read more)

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Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked?: Field Notes from a Funeral Director
Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked?: Field Notes from a Funeral Director
by Robert D. Webster
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Why would someone want to hang out with dead bodies? With curious anecdotes and unbelievable truth, funeral director Robert Webster reveals that answer and more, offering readers entertaining and quirky stories gleaned from a life lived around death... (read more)

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The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
by Corinne May Botz
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A fascinating book for anyone interested in criminal investigation and forensics. Frances Glessner Lee founded the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard in 1936. By the 1940s, she was building detailed doll houses that replicated unsolved crime scenes... (read more)

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Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox and Unusual from the Magazine "Morbid Curiosity"
Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox and Unusual from the Magazine "Morbid Curiosity"
by Loren Rhoads
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For ten years, andlt;iandgt;Morbid Curiosityandlt;/iandgt; was a one-of-a-kind underground magazine that gained a devoted following for its celebration of absurd, grotesque, and unusual tales -- all true -- submitted from contributors around the country... (read more)

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Schadenfreude, Baby!: A Delicious Look at the Misfortune of Others (and the Pleasure It Brings Us)
Schadenfreude, Baby!: A Delicious Look at the Misfortune of Others (and the Pleasure It Brings Us)
by Laura Lee
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The term schadenfreude—originally a German word translated as “pleasure taken in someone else’s misfortune”—has become entrenched in popular culture. There have been references to it everywhere from The West Wing to The... (read more)

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This Will Kill You: A Guide to the Ways in Which We Go
This Will Kill You: A Guide to the Ways in Which We Go
by H P Newquist
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We all have to check out sometime, but some of us die more spectacularly than others. HP Newquist and Rich Maloof researched the painful particulars of what it's like to perish from any number of unfortunate events, including a shark attack, burning at... (read more)

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The Little Book of Death (Little Book of)
The Little Book of Death (Little Book of)
by Neil R Storey
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A repository of intriguing, fascinating, obscure, strange, and entertaining facts and trivia about the one certainty in all our lives—death Within this volume are some horrible, unfortunate, and downright ludicrous ends. Readers will find... (read more)

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Unlucky Stiffs: New Tales of the Weirdly Departed
Unlucky Stiffs: New Tales of the Weirdly Departed
by Cynthia Ceilan
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Too weird to be true? Not at all. Collecting stories about weird deaths is a decidedly sick hobby. “Yet, strangely life-affirming,” says Cynthia Ceilán, the author of Unlucky Stiffs. “Nothing makes you want to embrace the... (read more)

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Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear
Buried Alive: The Terrifying History of Our Most Primal Fear
by Jan Bondeson
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Readers of Edgar Allan Poe's tales-just think of The Premature Burial-may comfort themselves with the notion that Poe must have exaggerated: surely people of the 1800s could not have been at risk of being buried alive? But such stories filled medical... (read more)

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Tales of Woe
Tales of Woe
by John Reed
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True stories of totally undeserved suffering. Spectacularly depressing. Nobody gets their just desserts. Crushing defeats. No happy endings. Abject misery. Pointless, endless grief. Sin, suffering, redemption. That’s the movie... (read more)

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The Instruments of Torture
The Instruments of Torture
by Michael Kerrigan
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A unique historical reference guide complete with 110 stunning photographs and etchings of the instruments themselves.... (read more)

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Goners: The Final Hours of the Notable and Notorious
Goners: The Final Hours of the Notable and Notorious
by Gordon Kerr
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Its human nature to want to know about the lives of famous figures, but its also human nature to want to know about their deaths, especially the unusual and sometimes sordid details. In smart prose with a light touch, Goners reveals the last days, hours,... (read more)

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Morbid Curiosity: The Disturbing Demises of the Famous and Infamous
Morbid Curiosity: The Disturbing Demises of the Famous and Infamous
by Alan W Petrucelli
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"It's shocking and sinful, and I couldn't put it down!" -Joan Rivers The strange, startling, and utterly fascinating stories behind the world's most notorious celebrity deaths. Was Jayne Mansfield really decapitated? Which manly appendage of Napoleon's... (read more)

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Lost: Lost and Found Pet Posters from Around the World
Lost: Lost and Found Pet Posters from Around the World
by Ian Phillips
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If you occasionally take pleasures in the innocent misfortune of others, this one is for you. Each page tells the story of desperation as owners resort to the one hope that someone will find and return their precious pets. If it weren't for lost snakes... (read more)

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What a Way to Go: Fabulous Funerals of the Famous and Infamous
What a Way to Go: Fabulous Funerals of the Famous and Infamous
by Adele Q Brown
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A&E Biography meets Tales from the Crypt in this fun but respectful survey of the amazing lives and astonishing funerals of two dozen twentieth-century icons from politics, art, and pop culture. In more than 50 rare photographs and thoroughly researched... (read more)

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Apocalypse How: Making the End Times the Best of Times
Apocalypse How: Making the End Times the Best of Times
by Rob Kutner
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People have been predicting the end of the world since...well, the beginning of it. Oh, the form it takes may vary-firestorm, earthquake, plague, new ice age, alien invasion, nuclear cloud, or the rise of our machines-but everyone who survives will be... (read more)

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The Shock of Modernity: Crime Photography in Mexico City
The Shock of Modernity: Crime Photography in Mexico City
by Jesse Lerner
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Edited By Julio Patan. Essay by Jesse Lerner.... (read more)

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The Afterlife Handbook: A Travel Guide to Your Final Destination
The Afterlife Handbook: A Travel Guide to Your Final Destination
by Michael Powell
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Have a Safe Journey! You want to discover the afterlife. The place that's everywhere and nowhere, full of bliss or excruciating pain, and totally beyond our powers of comprehension. Its nature and very existence has been the object of wars, art... (read more)

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