Tag Archives: Books About Death



”When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide To Understanding Death” By Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

A disarmingly and sometimes surprisingly straightforward children's book on death and grieving

“What does alive mean?” is a pretty bold way to start a picture book for young children. But that’s the first sentence of Laurie Krasney Brown and Marc Brown’s “When Dinosaur’s Die,” printed in large letters at the top of … Continue reading

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 Book Review: “Spook: Science Tackles The Afterlife” by Mary Roach

The search for scientific evidence of a soul and an afterlife

In the preface to “Spook: Science Tackles The Afterlife,” author Mary Roach tells her reader that she is not interested in philosophical debates on the soul, but neither is Spook a “debunking book” for skeptics. (Debunking books assume an outcome … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion” by Sam Harris

A collection of philosophies on life and death

Religion plays a role in nearly every society around the world, answering many questions, including the ever-present, “What happens after death?” This is why atheists and agnostics often feel as though they’re left out of the conversation, isolated in their grief. … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Thing About Life is That One Day You’ll Be Dead” by David Shields

An author explores the meaning of life and death through data

At 97 years old, David Shields’ father was still a firecracker with a fierce sense of optimism. Shields simply couldn’t explain how a man of that age could retain such vigor for life, and he was determined to figure out … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst

With a storyline that intertwines grief and joy, life and death, this book brims with emotion

When I first read The Dogs of Babel, I was probably a bit too young to fully appreciate the nuanced balance of grief and joy presented by author Carolyn Parkhurst. But I recently picked the book up again, and was … Continue reading

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