4 stars (really liked it). Picking up a book about cremation and death had me thinking it would be a fairly slow read filled with morbid details of how cremation is carried out. While there are some rather detailed descriptions of gruesome scenes, none of these things are presented unless crucial to moving the narrative forward. At its core, this book is a history lesson on the funeral industry and the ways that different cultures choose to deal with death. After reading so much about death, it makes me appreciate the life that I have because we all know that one day it will be our turn for a final farewell. – Adult Summer Reading Participant Tyler H.