The titles in this category deal with society at large - politics, history, religion, science, crime, etc.

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  1. Working Stiff

    Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner


    The fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases—hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex—that shaped her as both a physician and a mother. Learn More
  2. Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

    Will the Circle Be Unbroken?: Reflections on Death, Rebirth, and Hunger for a Faith


    One of Studs Terkel’s most important oral histories, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? turns to the ultimate human experience—that of death. Called "extraordinary…a work of insight, wisdom, and freshness" by the Seattle Times when it was first published fifteen years ago, the book explores—with unrivaled compassion and wisdom—the indelible variety of reactions to mortality and the experience of death and the possibility of life afterward. Learn More
  3. The Whole Death Catalog

    Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End


    In the tradition of Mary Roach’s bestselling Stiff and Jessica Mitford’s classic exposé The American Way of Death comes this meticulously researched, refreshingly irreverent, and lavishly illustrated look at death from acclaimed author Harold Schechter. Learn More
  4. Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy

    Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy


    Welcome to Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter’s fantasy world of rabbit schoolchildren, cigar-smoking squirrels and exemplary feline etiquette in Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy… Learn More
  5. The Inevitable

    The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death


    What is death and how does it touch upon life? Twenty writers look for answers. Learn More
  6. The History Of Torture & Execution

    The History Of Torture And Execution: From Early Civilization Through Medieval Times To The Present


    Throughout history, cultures around the world have found justice for the most extreme crimes by condemning the guilty to death. Learn More
  7. The Darwin Awards: Countdown to Extinction (softcover)

    The Darwin Awards: Countdown To Extinction


    The human race's most "devastatingly" popular humor series returns... Learn More
  8. Darwin Awards Next Evolution: Chlorinating the Gene Pool

    The Darwin Awards Next Evolution: Chlorinating the Gene Pool


    The latest installment of the hilarious New York Times bestselling phenomenon! Learn More
  9. The American Way Of Death Revisited

    The American Way of Death Revisited


    Only the scathing wit and searching intelligence of Jessica Mitford could turn an exposé of the American funeral industry into a book that is at once deadly serious and side-splittingly funny. Learn More
  10. Still Life

    Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy


    Taxidermy is everywhere these days—from hip restaurants to posh clothing stores. Yet few realize that behind these "stuffed" animals is a world of intrepid hunterexplorers, eccentric naturalists, and museum artisans, all devoted to the paradoxical pursuit of creating the illusion of life. Learn More
  11. Stiff

    Stiff: The Curious Lives Of Human Cadavers


    An oddly compelling, often hilarious forensic exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. Learn More
  12. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

    Smoke Gets In Your Eyes And Other Lessons From The Crematory


    A young mortician goes behind the scenes, unafraid of the gruesome (and fascinating) details of her curious profession. Learn More
  13. Silent Witnesses

    Silent Witnesses: The Often Gruesome but Always Fascinating History of Forensic Science


    Crime novelist and former police officer Nigel McCrery provides an account of all the major areas of forensic science from around the world over the past two centuries. Learn More
  14. Several Ways to Die in Mexico City

    Several Ways to Die in Mexico City: An Autobiography of Death in Mexico City


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    In the '80s, when author/photographer Kurt Hollander lived in New York and published The Portable Lower East, life there was particularly rough, and cops often drove yellow cabs as a method to surprise and roust its residents. Before the decade ended, Hollander moved to the equally rough climes of Mexico City, making his living writing and photographing for The Guardian, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Learn More
  15. Nine Years Under (paperback)

    Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home


    Six Feet Under meets The Wire in a dazzling and darkly comic memoir about coming-of-age in a black funeral home in Baltimore Learn More
  16. Morgue: A Life In Death

    Morgue: A Life in Death


    Forensic science is booming. TV dramas, books and movies have made morgues cool. Complex technology and intricate research can take curdled blood, bone shards, and flakes of skin and turn them into justice. And Vincent Di Maio, MD, son of a famous New York City medical examiner, is one of the lions of forensic science in his own right. Learn More
  17. The Morbid Anatomy Anthology

    Morbid Anatomy Anthology


    Since 2008, the Morbid Anatomy Library of Brooklyn, New York, has hosted some of the best scholars, artists and writers working along the intersections of the history of anatomy and medicine, death and the macabre, religion and spectacle. Learn More
  18. Life Is Beautiful

    Life Is Beautiful


    A zine with content that features medical anomalies, interesting deaths, and gruesome killers. Learn More
  19. Jivaro: Head-Hunters Of The Amazon

    Jivaro: Head-Hunters Of The Amazon


    The Jivaro Indians of the Peru-Ecuador interior have long been renowned for their ferocity and cruelty in warfare; they are also shamanistic, communing with ancient spectres through the ingestion of poisonous hallucinogens. But above all, the Jivaro are known for their unique and macabre brand of death magic - the severing and shrinking of human heads. Learn More
  20. Human Sacrifice

    Human Sacrifice: A Shocking Expose of Ritual Killings Worldwide


    Welcome to the terrifying world of ritual sacrifice. Learn More
  21. Forensics

    Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime


    Val McDermid is one of the finest crime writers we have, whose novels have captivated millions of readers worldwide with their riveting narratives of characters who solve complex crimes and confront unimaginable evil. Learn More
  22. Everybody Dies

    Everybody Dies: A Children's Book For Grown-Ups


    Everybody Dies is YouTube sensation Ken Tanaka’s children’s book for grown-ups—a macabre and darkly humorous look at mortality in the vein of the classic Japanese children’s book Everybody Poops, All My Friends Are Dead, and the mega-bestseller Go the F**k to Sleep. Learn More
  23. Down Among The Dead Men

    Down Among the Dead Men: A Year in the Life of a Mortuary Technician


    Michelle Williams is young and attractive, with close family ties, a busy social life . . . and an unusual occupation. When she impulsively applies to be a mortuary technician and is offered the position, she has no idea that her decision to accept will be one of the most momentous of her life. “What I didn’t realize then,” she writes, “was that I was about to start one of the most amazing jobs you can do.” Learn More
  24. Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell

    Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell


    A devilish 1860s sensation - finally unleashed on the 21st century! Learn More
  25. Devoted To Death

    Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, The Skeleton Saint


    R. Andrew Chesnut offers a fascinating portrayal of Santa Muerte, a skeleton saint whose cult has attracted millions of devotees over the past decade. Learn More

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