SOCIETY

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

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  1. Atrocities

    Atrocities: The 100 Deadliest Episodes in Human History

    $19.95

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

    Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training

    $15.95

    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
  3. Dead: A Celebration of Mortality

    Dead: A Celebration of Mortality

    $25.00

    In this new book, cleverly designed to look like a marble tombstone (complete with marble edge-stain), Charles Saatchi relates often perversely entertaining stories that look at death and mortality in a coolly amused and detached way. Learn More
  4. Death and the Afterlife

    Death and the Afterlife: A Chronological Journey, from Cremation to Quantum Resurrection

    $45.00

    Throughout history, the nature and mystery of death has captivated artists, scientists, philosophers, physicians, and theologians. Learn More
  5. Death Becomes Them

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

    $14.99

    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
  6. Death Poems

    Death Poems: Classic, Contemporary, Witty, Serious, Tear-Jerking, Wise, Profound, Angry, Funny, Spiritual, Atheistic, Uncertain, Personal, Political, Mythic, Earthy, and Only Occasionally Morbid

    $21.95

    Pretty much every poet in every age has written about death and dying. Along with love, it might be the most popular subject in poetry. Yet, until now, no anthology has gathered the best and most famous of these verses in one place. Learn More
  7. Death Scenes

    Death Scenes: A Homicide Detective's Scrapbook

    $22.95

    A riveting, hardboiled, adults-only look--in photos and text--at true crime in old Los Angeles. Learn More
  8. Death: A Picture Album

    Death: A Picture Album

    $28.00

    Disturbing, macabre, and moving: the images in this book examine our enduring desire to make peace with death. Learn More
  9. Death: Photography 1994-2011

    Death: Photography 1994-2011

    $39.95

    DEATH is the first major retrospective of the work of Japanese photographer Tsurisaki Kiyotaka, whose images of death and conflict from global "hot-spots” have earned him a reputation as a leading underground photographer. Learn More
  10. Devoted To Death

    Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, The Skeleton Saint

    $24.95

    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
  11. Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell

    Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell

    $75.00

    A devilish 1860s sensation - finally unleashed on the 21st century! Learn More
  12. Down Among The Dead Men

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

    $14.95

    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
  13. Everybody Dies

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

    $14.99

    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
  14. Forensics

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

    $26.00

    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
  15. Human Sacrifice

    Human Sacrifice: A Shocking Expose of Ritual Killings Worldwide

    $14.95

    Welcome to the terrifying world of ritual sacrifice. Learn More
  16. Jivaro: Head-Hunters Of The Amazon

    Jivaro: Head-Hunters Of The Amazon

    $19.95

    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
  17. Life Is Beautiful

    Life Is Beautiful

    $2.00

    A zine with content that features medical anomalies, interesting deaths, and gruesome killers. Learn More
  18. The Morbid Anatomy Anthology

    Morbid Anatomy Anthology

    $30.00

    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
  19. Morgue: A Life In Death

    Morgue: A Life in Death

    $26.99

    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
  20. Nine Years Under (paperback)

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

    $17.00

    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
  21. Several Ways to Die in Mexico City

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

    $22.95

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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
  22. Silent Witnesses

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

    $16.95

    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
  23. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

    Smoke Gets In Your Eyes And Other Lessons From The Crematory

    $24.95

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

    Stiff: The Curious Lives Of Human Cadavers

    $13.95

    An oddly compelling, often hilarious forensic exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. Learn More
  25. Still Life

    Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy

    $14.95

    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

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