The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade by Thomas Lynch.
Lynch serves as a funeral director in a small Michigan town. In this wholly unique collection of essays, Lynch pays homage to parents who have died and to children who shouldn’t have. He gives us portraits of gourmands and hypochondriacs, lovers and suicides. The book displays an impressively wide vocal range – from solemn, nostalgic, and lyrical to acerbic and sprightly. Entertaining, regardless.