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Tombs and Tomes
Tombs and Tomes
A book club for the curious and quirky
Imagine telling a friend that you’re going to your monthly book club meeting. Perhaps your friend visualizes a cozy living room with a group of women, wine glasses in hand, calmly discussing the merits of the latest Oprah selection or memoir. Now picture telling your friend that your book club is in a cemetery.
We can’t imagine anything more fun, so we’re proud to debut a cemetery book club with a taste for the macabre. We won’t pretend that there’s a rhyme or reason to our book selections, but we can promise that they’ll be interesting, thought-provoking, and extremely eclectic. And did we mention that there will be wine? Because you simply can’t have a book club without wine.
It’s free to join, free to attend, and all that we ask is that you register for each session (registration for the September meeting is full). Our first meeting is Thursday, September 26th at 6 pm.
And for our September selection: Stiff, by Mary Roach. Even if you’ve read it, don’t you want to discuss it? And if you haven’t read it, read the description below to discover why this is the perfect first pick for our eccentric cemetery.
Next meeting: September 26, 2013, 6pm
Due to the extremely positive response to the book club, registration for the September selection and meeting is closed. However, please stay tuned for future meetings and book selections!
"Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers - some willingly, some unwittingly - have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.
In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries - from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors' conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer in them."
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