Year 6, Book 30

30. The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson
I read another book by this same author called This Book is Overdue, which is all about her love of libraries. She actually decided to write that book based on the great experience she had with libraries while researching this book. I enjoyed This Book is Overdue so I did want to read The Dead Beat as well, but pushed it to the top of my list once I found out she was going to the keynote speaker at the Maryland Library Association Conference banquet. I rarely read obits unless they are for someone I know or for someone famous and not even then, so I’m not that familiar with them. However, this book almost made me want to start reading obits on a regular basis, particularly those from British newspapers. The book is pretty much precisely what you would expect, a long look into the world of writing obituaries and the people who read them. I found it quite an enjoyable book and actually learned a lot of things about obituaries that I didn’t know. Now whenever do come across one I think back to this book. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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