Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation Into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin

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$26.00  $23.92
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Pages
288
Dimensions
5.8 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780374134709
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About the Author

Megan Rosenbloom is a librarian with a research interest in the history of medicine and rare books. Now the collection strategies librarian at UCLA Library in Los Angeles, she was previously a medical librarian and before that, a journalist. She is obituary editor of the Journal of the Medical Library Association and president of the Southern California Society for the History of Medicine. She is a member of the Anthropodermic Book Project, a multi-disciplinary team scientifically testing alleged human skin books around the world to verify their human origin. She is also the co-founder and director of the Death Salon, the event arm of the Order of the Good Death, and is a leader in the Death Positive movement.

Reviews

An international treasure hunt, fascinating medical history, high level PR nightmare, and heartrending account of the real people whose flesh was turned into curiosities by the medical professionals they trusted. --Caitlin Doughty, author of Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions About Death

Megan Rosenbloom is the perfect guide to a dark and sinister world populated by Victorian criminals, bodysnatchers, and dissectors--all of whom contributed to the gruesome art of binding books with human skin. A splendid read for Halloween Eve! --Lindsey Fitzharris, author of The Butchering Art