Help me find a half read and quarter remembered book
December 27, 2017 4:25 PM   Subscribe

I am trying to find a book I would very much like to finish, unfortunately I can’t remember the title, author, or any detail that doesn’t pull up too much chaff when I search for it. Hazy details below the fold.

Here’s what I’ve got

Book is about death and how people use ritual and religion to cope with loss
There’s chapters about catacombs and relics
Author is a women
Author received a fatal diagnosis while working on the book, and the book was published posthumously
Published sometime between 2000-2016

I was reading a library copy too slowly and returned it with the intention of taking it out again when I had more time, which is right now. I checked my libraries reading history but there’s several “this record is no longer available” right on that time period and nothing in months before or after match.

If you have any idea what this book could be thank you!
posted by lepus to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

Response by poster: Not that one, but it looks interesting!
posted by lepus at 10:26 PM on December 27, 2017

I don't know the answer, but you might find some additional searching resources in this New York Public Library post "Finding a book when you've forgotten its title".

Also, do you remember what the cover looked like? Was it an academic type book? Do you have a feeling for what country it was published in?
posted by hungrytiger at 12:03 AM on December 28, 2017

Most likely not, as the author is still very much alive, but Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (& Other Lessons from the Crematory) by Caitlin Doughty fits the other criteria - mentioning in case you're conflating two titles.
posted by Morfil Ffyrnig at 4:33 AM on December 28, 2017

Best answer: Could it be Denise Inge's A Tour of Bones? The author died in 2014 and the book was published posthumously. It includes reflections on visits to charnel houses in various parts of Europe.
posted by verstegan at 5:24 AM on December 28, 2017

Response by poster: Verstegan you found it! Thank you! My library has an ecopy so I’m going to get reading once I hit post. And thank you all for helping, I have some more books on my to read list and I’m going to check out that NY library post.
posted by lepus at 7:49 AM on December 28, 2017

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