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Cheaper by the Dozen
Frank B. Gilbreth Jr., Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

The American Way of Death Revisited

The American Way of Death Revisited - Jessica Mitford I only gave this three stars, even though I thought the book was great. I reduced the star value because, though the book has a fantastic subject and the writing is wonderful, the information is necessarily dated. (This is the revised edition, which was published in the 1990s.)

That said, however, the book certainly is food for thought. The author digs into the funeral profession, why it costs so much to die, and how to die without leaving your descendents with a load of debt from the funeral.

Luckily there are more updated volumes about this topic, and I'd recommend reading those, but this is what started it all.