What We're Reading (& New in the OCC Library): From Here to Eternity

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[caption id="attachment_3753" align="aligncenter" width="199"]from here to eternity by caitlin doughty book cover Available at the OCC Library on the New Book Shelf[/caption] Title: From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Author: Caitlin Doughty Genre: Nonfiction -- Essay & Travelogue Why did you choose to read this book? I saw it as a nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards best nonfiction book of 2017 and it seemed interesting-- I read both Mary Roach's Spook and Stiff a few years ago and found the topic of how we as a culture think about death and the afterlife really interesting then, too. This book talks more about cultural practices and beliefs about death and bodies and is a light and engaging read (for real!). Was there anything noteworthy about the book? They highlighted a natural burial ground in North Carolina! I thought that was pretty cool. Who would you recommend the book to? Anyone interested in learning more about the topic of burial itself, but in a "morbid lite" kind of way. Also anyone interested in diverse cultural practices and beliefs-- the book looks at countries from around the world (hence the travelogue part of the genre description).

Additional books mentioned in this post (because yay! books!)--

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach is available at the Main Campus Library in the downstairs stacks (call number BL 535 .R63 2006).

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach is available at the Orange County Campus Library on the New Books shelf (call number R 853 .H8 R635 2004).