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The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries by Marilyn Johnson
With The Dead Beat, Marilyn Johnson explores the world of obituaries after writing some of her own, including those for Princess Diana, Jacqueline Onassis and Katharine Hepburn. The Dead Beat offers strange facts about deaths and obituaries (Presidents Adams and Jefferson both died on the 50th anniversary of the signing the Declaration of Independence) as well as differences in obituaries written in the US and the UK. She uncovers the humor and euphemisms within them, as well the poignant passages that succinctly capture the person in the obituary. The Dead Beat has received positive reviews with the Rocky Mountain News saying, "This book is sure to be a favorite among those who love a well-turned phrase and can find humor in the seemingly humorless topic of death."