Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed (Hardcover)

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Hilarious, outrageous, and oddly insightful. The wit, candor, and irreverence in this book may be the perfect approach to discussing grieving, preparing for the death of a loved one, or preparing for your own death. It's kind of like "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning" for the sarcastic and not-so-gentle.

— Ethan


An honest, irreverent, laugh-out-loud guide to coping with death and dying from Emmy-nominated writer and New York Times bestselling co-author of Sh*tty Mom Laurie Kilmartin.

Death is not for the faint of heart, and sometimes the best way to cope is through humor. No one knows this better than comedian Laurie Kilmartin. She made headlines by live-tweeting her father's time in hospice and her grieving process after he passed, and channeled her experience into a comedy special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad. Dead People Suck is her hilarious guide to surviving (sometimes) death, dying, and grief without losing your mind.

If you are old and about to die, sick and about to die, or with a loved one who is about to pass away or who has passed away, there's something for you. With chapters like "Are You An Old Man With Daughters? Please Shred Your Porn," "If Cancer was an STD, It Would Be Cured By Now," and "Unsubscribing Your Dead Parent from Tea Party Emails," Laurie Kilmartin guides you through some of life's most complicated moments with equal parts heart and sarcasm.

About the Author

Laurie Kilmartin is an Emmy-nominated writer for CONAN and the co-host of podcast The Jackie and Laurie Show. Her hour-long special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad, was named one of the Best Comedy Specials of 2016 by Decider, Paste, and Vulture. As a stand-up comedian, she has appeared on CONAN, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781635650006
ISBN-10: 1635650003
Publisher: Rodale Books
Publication Date: February 13th, 2018
Pages: 208
Language: English