The Dead Beat

The Dead Beat : Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries

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Marilyn Johnson was enthralled by the remarkable lives that were marching out of this world--so she sought out the best obits in the English language and the people who spent their lives writing about the dead. She surveyed the darkest corners of Internet chat rooms, and made a pilgrimage to London to savor the most caustic and literate obits of all. Now she leads us on a compelling journey into the cult and culture behind the obituary page and the unusual lives we don't quite appreciate until they're gone.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060758767
  • 9780060758769
  • 601,458

Review quote

"A beautifully written, funny, and fascinating tour through the unexpectedly lively world of obituaries."--Lisa Grunwald, author of Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present
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1,170 ratings
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4 33% (386)
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2 14% (159)
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