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In the land of long fingernails : a gravedigger in the Age of Aquarius

Author: Charles Wilkins
Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., ©2009.
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In the summer of 1969, Charlie Wilkins was a young man in search of a job. Turned down by a dozen potential employers?including Shubang Used Tire and Dick?s Nifty Car Wash?Wilkins landed an unlikely job at a vast corporate cemetery as a?bone waxer,? handling?bird-houses? (urns), and earning an invaluable education about life as a caregiver in death. From reckless disinterments, to a mid-summer gravediggers? strike,  Read more...
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Wilkins, Charles (Charles Everett).
In the land of long fingernails.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., ©2009
(DLC) 2008046637
(OCoLC)273817862
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Wilkins
ISBN: 9781602397095 1602397090 9781626369887 1626369887
OCLC Number: 829166531
Description: 1 online resource (240 pages)
Contents: A half-assed shot at redemption --
The luxuriating harmony of the peaceable kingdom --
The unassailable code of cemetery conduct --
A young man of spiritual inclinations --
The practice of inefficiency --
The profitable phase of death --
Death's little acre --
No time to croak --
The pace of microbes and worms --
A loner and a rose gardener --
The remains of the day --
The business of being alive --
The imperfect possibilities of the venal new world --
The land of low expectations --
No more bullshit.
Responsibility: Charles Wilkins.

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In the summer of 1969, Charlie Wilkins was a young man in search of a job. Turned down by a dozen potential employers?including Shubang Used Tire and Dick?s Nifty Car Wash?Wilkins landed an unlikely job at a vast corporate cemetery as a?bone waxer,? handling?bird-houses? (urns), and earning an invaluable education about life as a caregiver in death. From reckless disinterments, to a mid-summer gravediggers? strike, to the illegal shifting of bones from untended graves, In the Land of Long Fingernails is a coming-of-age story among extraordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. It offers up a Barnum-esque cavalcade of?slay carpenters,??dirt nappers,? mavericks and misfits, shifty plot salesmen, and drug-addled gravediggers, yet it also shows us their uncertainty and superstitions, and their relentless gallows humor amid the inevitable reminders of what it is, finally, to be human. In the funny and dark spirit of Thomas Lynch?s best-selling The Undertaking, Mary Roach?s hit Stiff, and HBO?s widely-acclaimed Six Feet Under, In the Land of Long Fingernails is a testament not just to unexpected friendship but also to late sixties culture, and to the art and power of storytelling.

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