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Death Becomes Them : Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious

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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 Ernest Hemingway, Abbie Hoffman and Adolf Hitler, Dorothy Dandridge, Sigmund Freud, Hunter S. Thompson, and others. Death Becomes Them explores their sadness and madness, their accomplishments and the circumstances that led to their irreversible decision, and wishes them all a fond final good-bye.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 249.47g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 006172856X
  • 9780061728563
  • 1,236,521

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"A truly unique, compelling and strangely life-affirming work of literary investigation. The perfect book to get you through the night. " -- Jerry Stahl, author of Permanent Midnight "Dark, grisly, and completely fascinating. I almost felt guilty for so thoroughly enjoying this look at history's most tormented souls." -- A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year Of Living Biblically "Strauss brilliantly exposes the devilry in the details and makes the profoundly moving, self-inflicted end-days of the greats a fascinating read." -- Michael Largo, author of Genuis and Heroin "A truly unique, compelling and strangely life-affirming work of literary investigation. The perfect book to get you through the night. " -- Rona Jaffe, author of The Room-Mating Season, among others
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Kurt Cobain, Anne Sexton, Mark Rothko, Ernest Hemingway, Adolf Hitler . . . all famous, some rich and powerful, some beloved, some abhorred. But when life and circumstance got to be too much, each headed for the exit door. Sigmund Freud overdosed on morphine. Dorothy Dandridge stripped naked and swallowed a handful of antidepressants. Hunter S. Thompson shot himself while talking to his wife on the phone.

These are the lonely personal nightmares behind celebrity suicides--the deaths and their causes are as diverse as the victims themselves. In Death Becomes Them, Alix Strauss bids each one a final good-bye while examining the last days and the unbearable incidents that drove these notables to end their lives. She decodes their notes, touches on their accomplishments, and delves into the methodologies of their deaths using autopsy and police reports and personal photos. Strauss also explores the morbid curiosity that feeds our fixation with famously tortured souls and provides lists of other controversial, bizarre, and poorly executed suicides in this mammoth tome.
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About Alix Strauss

Alix Strauss is a lifestyle trend writer who appears on national morning and talk shows. Her articles have been published in the New York Times, Marie Claire, Time, and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. She is the author of The Joy of Funerals, Have I Got a Guy for You, and Death Becomes Them: Unearthing the Suicides of the Brilliant, the Famous, and the Notorious.
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