March Science Book Club: From Here to Eternity

March 2, 2019 - 11:00am

The March Science Book Club selection is "From Here to Eternity: Traveling the Earth to Find the Good Death" by Caitlin Doughty. There's one hardcover book in stock at the store, and more paperbacks on the way soon, all available at 20% off list price. The book is also readily available from the Hennepin County Public Library, as well as on audiobook.

From the publisher: "Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty embarks on a global expedition to discover how other cultures care for the dead. From Zoroastrian sky burials to wish-granting Bolivian skulls, she investigates the world’s funerary customs and expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with dignity. Her account questions the rituals of the American funeral industry—especially chemical embalming—and suggests that the most effective traditions are those that allow mourners to personally attend to the body of the deceased. Exquisitely illustrated by artist Landis Blair, From Here to Eternity is an adventure into the morbid unknown, a fascinating tour through the unique ways people everywhere confront mortality."

The Boneshaker Science Book Club is free and open to the public. We meet the first Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., unless we don't, so please check the calendar in case a fast one has been pulled. The books we read will be science-related, but hopefully accessible to those without an academic background in science. We seek to select titles that are in line with Boneshaker's mission of social justice.

Note from host: I'll bring coffee to share!

Here's a summary of the February discussion of "The Hidden Life of Trees": https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bsszoUZMlHIev8J2FS0UjsklGWxhPg7f4-yp...

Have suggestions for a future Science Book Club? Add them to our google doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_vZSKZDe88y24Aah1coaQ-2YKt7sdj7e...