Review: Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses

Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses
Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses by Bess Lovejoy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Did you know that there were plans to kidnap Lincoln’s corpse for ransom? What happened to Einstein’s brain? Who would keep a famous person’s preserved heart, eyes…or penis? The answers to these and other questions can be found in Bess Lovejoy’s Rest in Pieces.

Rest in Pieces is an entertaining, if superficial, look at the looting, relocating, and fetishizing of various famous corpses. At its best, it gives us a bit of insight into the need that some feel to continue their celebrity worship after death. A light, gently macabre, read.

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