Afterwords Book Club

Friday, May 25 2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Afterwords Books | Edwardsville, IL

Enjoy an evening of good company, tasty nibbles and spirits, and great conversation. New members are always welcome (ages 21+). Join us for the May meeting when we'll be discussing Caitlin Doughty's "From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death." From goodreads: "Fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for their dead. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather’s mummified body. Grandpa’s mummy has lived in the family home for two years, where the family has maintained a warm and respectful relationship. She meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette- smoking, wish- granting human skulls), and introduces us to a Japanese kotsuage, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved- ones’ bones from cremation ashes. With curiosity and morbid humor, Doughty encounters vividly decomposed bodies and participates in compelling, powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in America. Featuring Gorey-esque illustrations by artist Landis Blair, From Here to Eternity introduces death-care innovators researching green burial and body composting, explores new spaces for mourning— including a glowing- Buddha columbarium in Japan and America’s only open-air pyre— and reveals unexpected new possibilities for our own death rituals."

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441 E Vandalia St, Edwardsville, IL 62025 (Driving Directions)
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