The Book of Resting Places: A Personal History of Where We Lay the Dead ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Thomas Mira y Lopez

The Book of Resting Places: A Personal History of Where We Lay the Dead

Counterpoint
Publication date: November 2017
ISBN: 9781619021358
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"Mira y Lopez's first book is a thoughtful, intriguing collection of 10 personal essays dealing with the dead and where they end up . . . These are wide-ranging and often tender meditations on death." -Kirkus Reviews

In the aftermath of his father's untimely death and his family's indecision over what to do with the remains, Thomas Mira y Lopez be­came obsessed with the type and variety of places where we lay the dead to rest. The re­sult is a singu­lar collection of essays that weaves together history, mythology, journalism, and personal narrative into the author's search for a place to process grief.

Mira y Lopez explores unusual hallowed grounds-from the world's larg­est cryonics institute in southern Arizona to a set of Roman catacombs being digested by modern bacteria, to his family's burial plots in the mountains outside Rio de Janeiro to a nineteenth-century desert cemetery that was relocated for the building of a modern court­house. The Book of Resting Places examines these over­looked spaces and what they tell us about our­selves and the passing of those we love-how we grieve them, and how we attempt to forget them.
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