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

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Human Sacrifice

    Human Sacrifice: A Shocking Expose of Ritual Killings Worldwide


    Welcome to the terrifying world of ritual sacrifice. Learn More
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Death Becomes Them

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


    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. Learn More
  18. Curtains

    Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training


    At forty-four, Tom Jokinen decided to quit his job in order to become an apprentice undertaker, setting out to ask the questions: What is the right thing to do when someone dies? Learn More
  19. Atrocities

    Atrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History


    "An amusing (really) account of the murderous ways of despots, slave traders, blundering royals, gladiators and assorted hordes." -New York Times Learn More

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