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DEAD PEOPLE SUCK: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed
by Laurie Kilmartin

DEAD PEOPLE SUCK: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed by Laurie Kilmartin

This irreverent guide to dealing with grief and loss written by comedian Laurie Kilmartin is based on a stand-up routine she wrote about losing her father (which premiered on Seeso last December - Check out the trailer here). It's like Jenny Lawson or Dan Marshall meets THE GENTLE ART OF SWEDISH DEATH CLEANING - wry, self-deprecating, and also actually pretty practical (like dads, if you're on your way out, please delete that porn so your poor daughter doesn't find it after you're gone).

An honest, irreverent, laugh-out-loud guide to coping with death and dying from Emmy-nominated writer and New York Times bestselling co-author of Sh*tty Mom Laurie Kilmartin.

Death is not for the faint of heart, and sometimes the best way to cope is through humor. No one knows this better than comedian Laurie Kilmartin. She previously made headlines live-tweeting her father’s time in hospice and her grieving process after he passed. DEAD PEOPLE SUCK, inspired by Laurie’s honest and hilarious tweets, is a thorough, absurd but true guide to navigating death and dying with wit, humor, and resilience.

Like Laurie’s previous book, Sh*tty Mom (Abrams, 2012), it takes a funny approach to a normally serious topic in a way that will provide any reader with catharsis as well as practical advice. If you are old and about to die, sick and about to die, or with a loved one who is about to pass away or who has passed away, there’s something for you: a guide for the dying, a guide for loved ones, advice on the process of dying, the ins and outs of grief and funeral preparation, the various stages of mourning, and a bonus tips chapter for friends and bystanders. With chapter titles like Not Every Hospice Nurse is an Angel; Who Will Ignore Your Mom’s Grave When You’re Gone?; and Fact: Dying People Can Hear Every Word You’re Saying, Kilmartin’s DEAD PEOPLE SUCK will take readers through dying, death, and grief in a way that will have them laughing through tears.

Laurie Kilmartin is an Emmy-nominated writer for CONAN and the co-host of The Jackie and Laurie Show. As a stand-up comedian, she has appeared on CONAN, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central. Her special, "45 Jokes About My Dead Dad," premiered on Seeso in 2014.

Rights sold: Macmillan (Audio)