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Working Stiff
Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner | Judy Melinek, MD, T.J. Mitchell
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Funand full of smart science. Fans of CSIthe real kindwill want to read it (The Washington Post): A young forensic pathologists rookie season as a NYC medical examiner, and the hair-raising cases that shaped her as a physician and human being.Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. While her husband and their toddler held down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigationperforming autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judys two years of training, taking readers behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple, including a firsthand account of the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax bio-terrorism attack, and the disastrous crash of American Airlines Flight 587. An unvarnished portrait of the daily life of medical examinerscomplete with grisly anecdotes, chilling crime scenes, and a welcome dose of gallows humorWorking Stiff offers a glimpse into the daily life of one of Americas most arduous professions, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. The body never liesand through the murders, accidents, and suicides that land on her table, Dr. Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on television to reveal the secret story of the real morgue. Haunting and illuminating...the stories from her average workdaystransfix the reader with their demonstration that medical science can diagnose and console long after the heartbeat stops (The New York Times).
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kaysworld1
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My 2019 book wrap up I have read a lot of books last year.
#readingthelibrary #readingmyownbooks #reading

Dan_1988 Hi what app or website are you using to arrange all your books like that? Thanks 3w
kaysworld1 @Dan_1988 hey thanks for asking the app is called Layout it's brilliant. 3w
kaysworld1 @Dan_1988 or Goodreads where I track everything x 3w
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Dan_1988 Ahh thanks. I‘ll give it that a look and make myself one. Cheers 👍 3w
Dan_1988 I‘ve got good reads but it doesn‘t seem to track them properly for me. 3w
kaysworld1 @Dan_1988 make sure you put a start and a finish dates I learnt that the hard way 😆🤦 3w
Dan_1988 Yeah I think I‘ve found that ha. Thank you 3w
kaysworld1 @Dan_1988 o think I understand your question better now don't use the app open Goodreads on a desktop. If you use the app it only shows you 3 at a time. X 3w
Dan_1988 Ahh right. Thanks I‘ll give that a look. Thank you x 3w
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Readswithcoffee
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Very interesting book about a doctor during her training to become a medical examiner. You probably should skip this one if you have a weak stomach regarding medical descriptions. However, if you can handle the “yuck factor,” it is a great read.

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Readswithcoffee
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This is a GREAT (and TRUE) quote! “Minor surgery is surgery someone else has.”

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Readswithcoffee
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Very interesting so far, but definitely not for the faint of heart.

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Clwojick
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Started this book during #BFCR1, and finished it during #BFCR2 🙌🏻 I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptive style, and found myself laughing at some stories & crying during others. Any true crime lover will love it! ♥️

Macnjen I almost stacked this until I saw that I'd already given it a thumbs up! Go figure.
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AutumnRLS On my shelf just waiting to be read. My TBR is truly out of control. 7mo
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Clwojick
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Here‘s my lovely stack of audiobooks that I‘ve managed to finish while studying last night and this evening 😅 I‘m surprised my ears aren‘t sore from having my headphones in for so long,but I‘m not complaining because it‘s making the studying bearable. Favourite book is tagged, second up is Obsession. I‘ll give proper reviews and thoughts on each one later in the week hopefully. 🙌🏻 #FitWizards #BFCR2 #BFC #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn I don‘t know how you study while listening to audiobooks on super speed. It hurts my brain just thinking about it. 7mo
Clwojick @wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 I don‘t know either. My husband always jokes and asks if I‘m listen to Alvin and the Chipmunks again. Haha. I did listen to Working Stiff at 2.25x though, not the full 3x 7mo
Megabooks I agree with Lynn! I usually do 1.5 or 1.75! 7mo
TheEllieMo How can you take in what you‘re studying and a book at the same time?? 7mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards Wow! I can't listen to anything with words/lyrics when I study or write--I start writing what I'm hearing! Hence the huge number of film soundtracks I amassed in undergrad. 😉 7mo
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Clwojick
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Listening to some more of this one before I fall asleep. I only have 5 days before I have to return it, so hopefully I can finish it in time. I‘m enjoying it so far, but find that it‘s not one I want to rush through. 💙
Audiobook 40 for #BookFitnessChallenge @wanderinglynn

RachelO 40?! Wow! 7mo
Kaye Wow 😮IDo you play them at a faster speed ? 7mo
4thhouseontheleft 40, that's incredible! 7mo
Clwojick @Kaye yeah, 3x the speed. 😂 7mo
girlwiththeglasses Wow!! This looks interesting😍 7mo
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kaysworld1
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This is a fantastic book.
My favourite part was her descriptive style she didn't hold back.
The bit about 911 was eye opening but was expected.
My type of book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#librarybook #readingbankholiday #reading #femaleauthor

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kaysworld1
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" staying alive is mainly common sense"
Reading this great book. I just love it.
Blood, guts and gore with a touch of humour.

#librarybook #readingbankholiday #reading #femaleauthor

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bmscott95
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This book was excellent. Her description of working 9/11 actually had me in tears.

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Gryffleclaw95
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

🚨WARNING: IS EXTREMELY GRAPHIC🚨

This book is not for the faint of heart. Melinek creates a vivid picture of her 2-year experience as a medical examiner in New York City, and does not hold back the details. As an Emergency Department RN, I found this book fascinating. Parts of this book are heart-wrenching, including Melinek‘s experience with 9/11 and Flight 587. Overall, I‘m glad I stepped out of typical boundaries to read this!

Gryffleclaw95 @bookishbitch Thank you for the recommendation! I will definitely add it to my TBR pile! 11mo
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TheWordJar
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And this is why I‘m trying not to buy any books this year! 🤦‍♀️ This is my haul from the Book Outlet holiday sale. My first order ever from Book Outlet and a total #blameitonLitsy moment!! Their books are sooo cheap! Now I‘m trying to use my own mountain of books for reading challenge prompts this year. (So far, so good!)

Any reads you‘ve enjoyed in the stack?

Hestapleton I adored THE FACT OF A BODY and I‘m currently really enjoying Jeff Guinn‘s Jonestown book! 12mo
Kristy_K I loved The Good Nurse! 12mo
TheSpineView Looks like you scored! 12mo
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Leftcoastzen So much temptation at Book Outlet! 12mo
MStew 😍 12mo
CouronneDhiver You‘ve got an almost-perfect red and black theme going there 👍🏽 12mo
TheWordJar @Hestapleton @Kristy_K Good to know! Can‘t wait to start them! 12mo
TheWordJar @TheSpineView I did! I‘d seen people post about Book Outlet, but I‘d never ordered. But definitely time to catch up with reading the books and take a break from buying! 12mo
TheWordJar @CouronneDhiver I hadn‘t noticed that! I just went on a true crime spree and threw in two books from one of my favorite mystery/thriller authors. 12mo
TheWordJar @Leftcoastzen You aren‘t kidding! That‘s a dangerous site to know about now!! 😂 12mo
MicheleinPhilly I read The Good Nurse and Fact of a Body and am reading the Jonestown book now. 12mo
Crazeedi Wow! Great stack of books! 12mo
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Jellybeanbon
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ A quick and easy read of the memoir of a medical examiner. It might not be a pick for the faint hearted.

Soubhiville Great quote! 13mo
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Maria514626
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Fascinating look at the real life of a M.E. Not quite like the ones on TV. 😄

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt2 I‘m pretty sure this book is a recommendation from Simon Savidge from @SavidgeReads Written by Dr Judy Melinek, it recounts her first experience as a Medical Examiner/Pathologist What makes it interesting is she had only a month or so in her job with the New York ME before the towers fell in 2001. The next two years were her own version of ‘trial by fire‘. It looks very interesting, plus Simon is rarely wrong with his book choices.👍

Reviewsbylola I loved this book. 14mo
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liz.e.beth
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A very interesting and entertaining (and reasonably quick) read about the life of a medical examiner in NYC. If you like Kathy Reichs or Patricia Cornwell this is a great background on their profession (I know they're forensic anthropologists, but it is close).

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Mama_Spears
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Loved every second of it. I loved the journey into Judy‘s career and the stories behind the bodies she worked with.

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hike.read.repeat
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PCT miles hiked: 2652
Books completed on trail: 18

This book was right up my alley. If you‘re a fan of Mary Roach books, you‘d love it. Gallows humor, science-y/medical, while not being crass or disrespectful of the subject matter.

britt_brooke Wow, you are amazing!! Love this update. (edited) 1y
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Hestapleton
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The book club as interesting, but problematic. Melinek‘s description of the body after death and her work as a medical examiner was deeply fascination. Her discussion of suicide was problematic and could be triggering. But, if the medical field and true crime interest you, then I suggest giving this book a try. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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charl08
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Curious strangers at parties....

Reviewsbylola I would totally be one of those curious strangers! 🙋🏼‍♀️ 2y
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charl08
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I didn't start off wanting to be a forensic pathologist...

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DaynaDos
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Huge true crime fan over here. I like all the aspects of solving a crime, including forensic pathology. Very interesting read so far!

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I.readalot
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This is a fascinating memoir of two years in the life of a rookie New York City medical examiner. Hers "is a gruesome job, but for a scientist with a love for the mechanics of the human body, a great one". She moves from one interesting case to another in very gruesome detail.
As a lifetime lover of thriller fiction and movies, I found this book so captivating but even I had to take breaks when it got too detailed or difficult to read.

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Jadams1776
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I wasn‘t sure I‘d ever find anything I loved as much as “Stiff” by Mary Roach, but here it is. The author recounts her journey to becoming a medical examiner after she decides she doesn‘t want to be a surgeon. She was working in New York on 9/11 and gives grisly details about the bodies that came across her table in her years there.

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SkeletonKey
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Okay, I‘m not doing so hot 😂. Only 17 hours and 10 minutes to go! HAHA. I did finish Working Stiff at least.

#24in48 @24in48 #readingchallenge

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SkeletonKey
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TMI personal post, top surgery went great yesterday and I‘m just going to have a very lazy week reading while I recover now.

On the plane to Florida I started listening to this and for some reason medical descriptions are pretty calming to me. I just like knowing how things work! I‘m going to keep listening and chilling out until my post op appointment.

Feeling so happy and thankful though.

#nonfiction #medical #lgbtq #trans #topsurgery

Soubhiville Yay! Take good care and enjoy your reading time! 2y
tpixie So glad you are doing well!! Relax, Rest & Read! 2y
SkeletonKey @Soubhiville @tpixie - Thanks so much! 2y
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kalinichta Excellent news! Smooth recovery wishes for you. 2y
4thhouseontheleft Wishes for a smooth recovery ( and lots of reading time!) 2y
PirateJenny So glad things went well. Hope recovery is equally easy. 💖 2y
cobwebmoth Thank you for letting us know. I was hoping everything went well. *gentle hugs* 2y
SkeletonKey @kalinichta @4thhouseontheleft @PirateJenny @cobwebmoth - Thanks so much, guys! This was a long journey, hah. *hugs* 2y
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Meganbub
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Wow, this was really good and endlessly fascinating. The DM01 chapter was harrowing (Sept 11th). Some of the story timelines were confusing but that didn‘t really detract much.

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Meganbub
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4 weeks later and I‘m still barely into this. But so far I LOVE it! So fascinating! I‘ve been in a reading funk but have new focus to finish this one up. I need to get through 3 more after this so I don‘t drop below my books per year minimum! (40 is my “worst” this is #37)

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Meganbub
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I have a fascination with medical examiners! Switching over to some non-fiction.

Shemac77 Me too! This is on my tbr list as well. 2y
Shemac77 Let me know what you think! Please :) 2y
Meganbub @Shemac77 will do! I haven‘t had much time to read lately, so I‘m still only a little ways in. I like it so far though! 2y
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Mehso-so

I really struggled to get past the author's comments about suicide (having been suicidal myself, I assure you that commenting that suicide is selfish is dangerous and unhelpful to people in that state). As for the rest of the book, I found some parts a little boring and redundant. I felt that the author added too many personal anecdotes. The chapters about 9/11 and anthrax were interesting.

Kristy_K Good review! I've owned this book for years but have yet to read it. I'm more hesitant now. 2y
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kendrastephaniekaryn

Why is the author making so many reckless and dangerous comments about about suicide? I've enjoyed this book up until this chapter. I'm trying to remember that she is speaking from a place of hurt about her father's death, but as someone who has been suicidal I'm having issues.

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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#fallintobooks #occupationinthetitle

Not for the faint of heart, my current audiobook read works well for this prompt!

DebinHawaii This is a really good book! 👍📚 2y
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JPeterson
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July Reading Stats
Total reads: 15
Favorites: The Essex Serpent, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Working Stiff

#julystats #julyreads #bulletjournal #bujo

Churchlady Loooove! Bullet journal FTW! 2y
JenP So cute. I need to get back to my journal. I love this! 2y
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Wife So So So Cool 😎! 2y
Gezemice I love it! I need to do this, too. 2y
JPeterson @Wife @Gezemice Thanks! 😊 2y
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FairyHighRoad
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I heard an interview with Dr. Melinek and her husband on a podcast recently and this book sounds very interesting. I can't wait to read it! #death 💀 #junebookbugs

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Kristy_K
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Two books about what happens to your body after #death.

#junebookbugs

mcipher Stiff was so good - I'm not a non fiction person but I loved it! I need to pick up more of hers. 3y
Kristy_K @mcipher I loved Stiff too! I also read Roach's Gulp, but didn't find it quite as engrossing. 3y
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rabbitprincess
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An interesting and vivid look at life in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of New York. The section about 9/11 is fascinating and upsetting at the same time. Worth reading if you want to know what being a medical examiner is really like.

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rabbitprincess
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#bookanddinner, St. Patrick's Day edition 🍀 My BF's classic pasta and chickpea dish and a Harp lager. Slainte! 🍻

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Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for The Accessory Spleens! 🙌👏🤘🏼

Sace 😂😂😂 3y
Laura317 I wonder if they can be bedazzled? I like a little bling bling in my accessory spleens. 3y
rabbitprincess @Sace It is a great phrase! 😄 @Laura317 Haha! Sparkle Spleen: the med student pony on My Little Pony 😄 3y
Sace Best quote and thread ever. 3y
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rabbitprincess
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I am highly pleased by all these books by women on my TBR pile. Especially looking forward to Working Stiff and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, which are about women in professions that might be considered more traditionally male.
#marchintoreading day 15: she persisted

ReadingOver50 Working Stiff sounds fascinating 😃 3y
rabbitprincess @ReadingOver50 Might start it tonight! 😄 3y
DebinHawaii I really liked Working Stiff--interesting and moving too. 👍 3y
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CouronneDhiver
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If you have an interest in pathology, as I do, you'll love this book! It's a sort of morbid "day in the life" exploration of a career in the ME's office. Fascinating, but not for the easily queasy.

LeahBergen This sounds good! 3y
Reviewsbylola This is a fantastic book! Definitely one of the best on this subject imo. 3y
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teebe
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I only read 4 books this month (these and Confess) and I loved all three of these. #bestofjanuary #readjanuary

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teebe
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It pays to count to two 😂 Dr. Melinek on writing detailed reports and carefully cataloging organs in an autopsy. #page24 #readjanuary

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teebe
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I've read a couple of books lately about the death and medical industries and it's fascinating. The amount of work and knowledge that's hidden because people don't want to deal with the topic of death is absurd. Already have a list of some other books to check out. #ATopicYoudLikeToKnowMoreAbout #readjanuary

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Bookish_B
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You know how when you pass an accident you tend to slow down and look, morbidly hoping to see something? Well, this book let's you see it. It gets you past that police tape in apartment buildings or crime scene sites and gives you the gory details of what the medical examiner sees when there is a body to be examined, in very thorough, descriptive detail. It is fascinating but sometimes tough to read and definitely not for the squeamish.

DebinHawaii A really good book but yes, difficult to read at times. 👍📚 3y
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teebe
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My January #TBR. Since I'm now free to read for fun, I didn't want to make a long TBR this month. I'll just read whatever I'm in the mood for. #readjanuary

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One more deadline by tomorrow. My reading consists of careful editing of undisclosed manuscript. 😊🖍📝🔍 (Loved this book BTW)

Dolly I also loved that book. 3y
LitHousewife I love seeing where you work. 🙂 3y
BethFishReads @LitHousewife peeling wallpaper and all 😊 3y
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DebinHawaii I am also a fan of that book. Hope you get through the deadline smoothly (and soon) and get to enjoy your holidays. 🤓 3y
BethFishReads @DebinHawaii thanks. That's the plan! 3y
auntie_jenn eye spy....👓👓👓 3y
BethFishReads @auntie_jenn different strengths for different jobs 👀 3y
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PomegranateMuse
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Melinek is catching flak. 1)Gore: given the subject I'm baffled this is a problem. If it gives you the willies, not for you! 2)involvement in 9/11 aftermath: deemed insensitive. Would it have been better if she excluded carnage &replaced it w/ vagaries that left readers removed from the shared consciousness she was attempting to instill? Balancing autobio, science, reverence, &comedy, Melinek gives a glimpse into a profession hedged by death.

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BooksAndBrews04
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The scientist in me really enjoyed this look into the life of a forensic pathologist. A warning though, it does get descriptive in regards to different manners of death and what happens to the human body in those cases. I highly recommend this for anyone interested in this field. ☠️⚰️📚👍🏻

DebinHawaii I loved this book! ❤️📚 3y
KaitiWinchell Love this one❤️ 3y
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KaitiWinchell
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So in love with this book. I really learned a lot .. It also gives a lot of the gorey details I have always been curious about. I thought that maybe it would be difficult to understand due to the medical terms and whatnot.. But it wasn't at all!! Which made it even more enjoyable! Highly recommended!

Reviewsbylola I was very impressed with this one as well. 3y
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KaitiWinchell
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Someone stole my spot! Love this book (and my Bodie) so much!!❤️