Year 9, Book 76

76. Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek

Melinek writes a memoir about her time as newly minted forensic pathologist training in the New York City medical examiner’s office. She shares many stories about how forensic pathology works and what you can and can’t tell from a body. She shares stories about deaths ranging from the mundane to the extremely bizarre. Although I really enjoyed the book up to this point too, the most compelling part of the narrative comes from her stories about working in the aftermath of 9/11, which occurred just a few months after she was on the job. I found the whole book to very interesting and a great look into a profession I don’t really know anything about other than the fake stuff I’ve seen on television. I give it a 7 out of 10.

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