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From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death Cover Image
By Caitlin Doughty, Landis Blair (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393356281
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 9th, 2018

While certianly not the most comfortable topic, death and what to do with the body postmortem is a vital discussion, now more than ever.  It is especailly important to look at the cultural differences in corpse-care and what your options are in a new age of mourning. Doughty takes this topic and makes it accesible, opening the door to talk with your circles about their wants and rights.


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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393324822
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2004

Stiff was my introduction to the world of corpse-care and the rights of the dead.  It started my introspective journey into what I want done, as well as my desire for everyone else to know what their options are.  Though the US has a very limited scope on the body, you have more choices beyond grave and urn.  Surprisingly funny, Stiff will change your outlook as a future corpse.


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Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781559363846
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - December 24th, 2013

Every time I read Angels in America it hits far too close to home.  Right now, I feel like I've been hit by a truck that keeps backing over me.  The line that goes the guy "who wrote the national anthem knew what he was doing. He set the word 'free' to a note so high nobody can reach it. That was deliberate. Nothing on earth sounds less like freedom to me," is soul crushing and everyone needs to feel it in context.


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Gender Queer: A Memoir Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781549304002
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Published: Oni Press - May 28th, 2019

Gender propaganda is rampant in our culture.  From people asking for "girl books" or claiming that their sons can't wear nail polish, we are blind to the nuances and identity.  Gender goes far beyond the binary.  It is in our society's best interest that we understand that.  Kobabe tells a very personal story that helps eir audience dive past the false politics ascribed to nonbinary and trans identities.