Rest in Pieces by Bess Lovejoy

Rest in Pieces

IN THE LONG RUN, WE’RE ALL DEAD. But for some of the most influential figures in history, death marked the start of a new adventure.The famous deceased have been stolen, burned, sold, pickled, frozen, stuffed, impersonated, and even filed away in a lawyer’s office. Their fingers, teeth, toes, arms, legs, skulls, hearts, lungs, and nether regions have embarked on voyages that crisscross the globe and stretch the imagination.Counterfeiters trie...


Details Rest in Pieces

TitleRest in Pieces
ISBN9781451654981
Author
Release DateMar 12th, 2013
PublisherSimon & Schuster
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, History, Death, Science, Favorites
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Reviews Rest in Pieces

  • Laurie
    2013-06-20
    Most people know about the resurrectionists, the grave robbers who provided bodies for medical students in the 19th century, but a lot of other things have happened to corpses. They have been stolen to use as religious relics, held for ransom, used as exhibits, moved from place to place- not always in complete form, shot into space (at least that one was the wish of the deceased), destroyed to prevent it being used as a political symbol, and pres...
  • David Sumner
    2012-11-14
    What a fun read. Fascinating and hilarious all at once. An interesting look at some of the strangest human behavior to persist through the ages.
  • Nicola Mansfield
    2013-05-31
    This book briefly, but on several occasions, insults Catholics & the Orthodox but I will address that at the end. As I browsed though the table of contents I was quite surprised at how well read I've become on this rather macabre topic as I noticed expected names. I then proceeded to look for some specific names to see if they were included and found everyone so I was quite pleased with the read ahead of me. At first I was a little disappointed t...
  • Devi
    2017-11-14
    Ein großartiges Klobuch für Grufties.
  • Linda
    2013-04-06
    A really fun read. I wasn't sure I'd like it at first; I can't remember why but it seemed to be something about the details or lack thereof. As I continued thought, I enjoyed it more and more. The funniest story is about the ashes for D.H. Lawrence. Seems his wife decided that his ashes should be taken to Taos, NM where they had a ranch. She had built a small shrine to his honor and wanted the ashes there. They had to come from England through a ...
  • Paul Pessolano
    2013-03-18
    “Rest in Pieces” by Bess Lovejoy, published by Simon and Schuster.Category – HistoryThis book could be considered History, maybe macabre, and possibly maybe even funny. I guess it is what you want to make of it.Bess Lovejoy has put together about 50 stories of people famous and infamous that have died and left a “legacy” about their remains. She has broken it down into sections ranging from Politics to Unsolved Mysteries.The stories ran...
  • Autumn
    2013-04-13
    I absolutely adored this book. It was a very intriguing read, and I cannot believe some of the things people have done with others' remains in the name of love, hate, or just owning some cool memento to brag about. It also is kind of sad that in all of these different stories, very few of them got their dying wishes. Some of the ones that did had to wait years, others had the exact opposite imposed upon their remains. This is a must read for anyo...
  • Kadi
    2016-07-03
    Raamatusse on koondatud kuulsate koolnute eriskummalised juhtumid (tõelevastavus kontrollitud), mõni kurb, mõni lõbus. Näiteks Hunter S. Thompsoni viimane, suursugune soov, maadeuurija segadus Kolumbuse säilmete asukoha üle jne. Huvitav on ka autori väide, et läbi nende lugude saame aimu ka kadunukusese kaasajast. Nii lihtsale asjale ma varem polnudki mõelnud, seega nüüd maailmapilt jälle natukese avardus. Lisaks on Lovejoy kirjutami...
  • Colleen
    2015-07-14
    This book is about what happened to the bodies of famous people after they died Overall, I enjoyed this book. My favorite thing about it was reading how attitudes toward dead bodies and body parts changed over time. In less than two hundred years it went from being acceptable to stick Oliver Cromwell's head on a spike above Parliament for all to see, to being unacceptable to display his skull at a museum. I recommend this book if you don't have m...
  • Krissy
    2017-10-19
    A pretty quick, but very fun and informational read. I appreciate Lovejoy's wit and sense of humor when dealing with as difficult a subject as death and corpses. If you're curious at all about the final fate of your favorite poets, musicians, and celebrities, Lovejoy's book is a must-read!
  • Hannah
    2014-06-03
    Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars
  • Beth
    2016-10-24
    3.5
  • Liz Ross Jones
    2016-10-23
    An interesting and fun read for this Halloween season :)
  • Alicea
    2018-03-26
    Yes, I'm somewhat fascinated by death culture. No, I don't think it's unhealthy. Yes, I do recognize it makes many people uncomfortable especially when walking around with a book somewhat shaped like a coffin with the title Rest in Pieces emblazoned across the front. (It might have been unwise to read this on an airplane but I'm a risk taker.) The subtitle of Bess Lovejoy's book is a dead (ha!) giveaway as to the substance of what lies within (on...
  • Paul
    2017-05-10
    This book is just a ton of fun. Well researched and written with a great sense of humor, this is a book that I did not want to end. I've read other books about the manner of famous deaths or even their burials, but this one goes far beyond - into what happened to all or pieces of the famous person after they were dead, be it from stealing, religious fanaticism, or simply home town pride. Like my other favorite non-fiction writer, Mary Roach, the ...
  • John
    2017-07-14
    Interesting read !! I'm amazed at how many bodies have been buried throughout the years with our their heads, hearts, and penises !!! Also, many have had their remains moved for decades and finally are interred in several places. I guess it's a good book for a Funeral Director !! LOL
  • Emilie
    2017-10-10
    Very interesting book! Who knew so many crazy things have happened to people’s bodies after death?
  • Debra Rice
    2018-04-15
    interesting with unique situations and sometimes just gross what happened to the remnants of these famous people. Nice to read when reading other books as well. nice to read when time is short!
  • Janine
    2017-08-09
    An entertaining book, I am amazed on the amount of skulls being stolen for Phrenology. Even the dead talk sometimes.
  • Kathy Wojo
    2017-05-09
    People are weird.
  • Jen
    2018-04-30
    4.5 stars
  • Starbubbles
    2013-04-07
    I think I am ready to write a review for this. Have you ever picked up a good, with all sorts of good intentions and expectations, and then like 4 pages you can barely remember them, if at all? This book was much like that. I remember mine because I had to explain it to everyone that happened to walk past my desk, then in defense for while I would think of forcing this on my unsuspecting buddy for our first ever "buddy-read."So, what was I expect...
  • Ellen
    2015-01-16
    Sometimes the strangest books catch my eye and this one seemed ghouslihly enticing. Author Lovejoy has done extensive research on some very famous corpses and their final resting place, or in some cases, resting places. She readily admits that some of the information in the book is most likely mythical but whether it can be proven or not the short chapters dealing with the famous and infamous are interesting. Many a body was buried without its sk...
  • Christie
    2013-05-19
    First sentence: "A corpse is always a problem--both for the living and for the dead."In this book, Bess Lovejoy answers the question "but what happened after they died?" Here you will find where famous body parts ended up; everything from Einstein's brain to Napoleon's, ahem, nether regions. You will also learn about bodies held for ransom (or attempted snatchings). There are stories of leaders and dictators being preserved for posterity. Unusual...
  • David Caldwell
    2013-03-06
    I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads.In this collection, the author set two rules for who could be included.They had to be famous during their life.Something weird had to have happened to their remains.The entries range form Saint Nicholas to Hunter S. Thompson.There are tales of remains being turned into religious Relics.Famous skulls were often stolen for the pseudo-science of phrenology that was popular during Victorian times.Other cases invol...
  • Larry Tornari
    2013-03-04
    “Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses by Bess Lovejoy” book is a great read. It kept me glued to the book and I never wanted to put in down. In fact I was disappointed when it ended. The one good thing is that Bess, notes where she received her facts from in an extensive source section that allows readers to check on the “stories” if they wish so that they can learn more about the famous corpses. Basically the books tells a...
  • Meg Harper
    2016-07-10
    This book was recommended through, I believe, a podcast about famous dead people and the hosts used this and a couple other sources for their research. I became intrigued so I sought it out and while it's not the best decision I have ever made, it definitely gave me a few chuckles. I also learned a little more about what happens after death that for some reason I never knew or blocked and I have read a few books on that. It thankfully was an end ...
  • Loren
    2013-03-01
    Unlike the usual "how they died" encyclopedias, "Rest in Pieces" is an encyclopedia of "what happened to them after they died." Lovejoy's criteria for inclusion in the book: the people had to be famous and they couldn't rest peacefully in an undisturbed grave for eternity.That's not to say this doesn't include the stories you expect: Vladimir Lenin's permanent snooze in his mausoleum in Red Square, Evita Peron's postmortem kidnapping, the road tr...
  • Joanie Sompayrac
    2016-07-05
    It should be noted up front that I have always had a bit of a fascination with death. I cannot explain it, but I am often drawn to books that tell me what what happens to bodies after we die or how famous people screw up their wills and estates. That said, this was a fascinating little book, but at times it ran a bit long. Admittedly, there were some chapters that held more interest for me than others -- Abraham Lincoln, Mozart, Beethoven, Hitler...
  • Jonathan
    2013-05-07
    "A corpse is always a problem — both for the living and for the dead." Macabre, witty, and extremely well documented; Lovejoy gave me something that I have been missing for a long time... an enjoyable read from start to finish. Some of these stories will be well known to those of us who have a fascination with the strange (who among us didn't grow up looking for a girl like Mary Shelley who will keep our heart as a memento after we die?), but a...