A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Good Mourning by Elizabeth Meyer

Good Mourning by Elizabeth Meyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Gallery Books
Source: egalley via Netgalley

An entertaining memoir of how the author got into the funerary business. I read a lot of books on this topic but usually read about the downstairs aspects, this is the first time I read a book solely about the upstairs customer service aspect of it. This is a light-hearted book about a spoiled privileged rich girl whose beloved father dies. Realizing life must be more than parties, shopping and travel she feels a need to help people and ends up working at the most prestigious funeral home in New York City. Nobody takes her seriously at first, but she's on the road to recovering her humanity and along the way has lots of insider information on the well-to-do's funeral habits. This is the meat of the book and much more flippant than what I usually read but Meyer includes stories of the industry as a whole, a few tales of genuine pathos and shows herself to have grown to mature beyond the "trust-fund kid" crowd she belonged to in the beginning. An engaging memoir aimed at twenty- or thirty-somethings.

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