Like the arrival of the first cool day of Autumn, the Wheel of Time has turned ’round to Teaser Tuesday.
Just in case you don’t know, Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish theme, and anyone can play along! All you have to do is grab the book you’re currently reading, open to a random page and share a few sentences from that page. But make sure you don’t share any spoilers!*
*I wish I could take credit for this introduction, but I shamelessly stole it from Heather @ bitsnbooks. To help me make amends, you should go check out her blog.
Wonder of wonders and miracle of miracles – I’m still ahead of my Goodreads challenge . . . and I even received an email assuring me I was “Looking Good!”
This past week I was delighted to find my library stocked a new release on my to-read shelf: From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death.
The Goodreads Blurb:
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.
The Truly Random Number Generator sends us to page 117:
I made it clear, 'You can say no this this, and Frank will be used for regular forensic study.' But the family insisted this is what Frank would have wanted. To be honest, by the time you sign up to donate your body to a place like this, you're up for pretty much anything.
What are you reading today?