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|Description:||xlii, 245 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm|
|Contents:||From house calls to funeral homes : changing relations between the living and the dead --
Explaining the American funeral, 1918-1963 --
Good grief! Jessica Mitford makes the 'New York Times' bestseller list --
Keeping the dead in place : old and new patterns of consumption --
Final frontiers : into the twenty-first century --
He reveals, for example, that the open casket, often criticized as barbaric, provides a deeply meaningful moment for friends and family who must say goodbye to their loved one. But he also shows how the dead often come back to life in the popular imagination to disturb the peace of the living."--Jacket.