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
Release DateMar 12th, 2013
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreNonfiction, History, Death, Science

Reviews Rest in Pieces

  • Laurie
    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
    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.
  • Carla
    Quick informative read. Some funny and horrifying adventures that these famous corpses have had. Speaks to cultural norms about death. Certainly not in the way that Caitlin Doughty does, but entertaining book.
  • Nicola Mansfield
    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
    Ein großartiges Klobuch für Grufties.
  • Linda
    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
    “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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars
  • Beth
  • Liz Ross Jones
    An interesting and fun read for this Halloween season :)
  • Alicea
    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
    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 ...
  • Edward A. Taylor
    Very quick read of this quirky collection of what happened to many celebrated (and despised) authors, politicians, kings, and others after shuffling off their mortal coil. Bess Lovejoy sticks to the facts and gives the reader some of the best and most risque moments in history (Napolean and Rasputin, I am looking at you two...) and is a great read for the morbid and the moribund alike :)
  • John
    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
    Very interesting book! Who knew so many crazy things have happened to people’s bodies after death?
  • Laura
    A very interesting book with a lot of strange info on some very famous people! Definitely will read again!
  • Debra Rice
    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
    An entertaining book, I am amazed on the amount of skulls being stolen for Phrenology. Even the dead talk sometimes.
  • Kathy Wojo
    People are weird.
  • Hannah Perry
    This was right up my alley. Formatting and illustrations were on point, and all of the stories were interesting.
  • Jen
    4.5 stars
  • Starbubbles
    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
    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
    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
    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
    “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...