Obit

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Like Everything I Really Needed to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten, or Tuesdays with Morrie, Obit is a wise and deeply moving book that illuminates the human condition. For ten years, Jim Sheeler has scoured Colorado looking for subjects whose stories he will tell for the last time. Most are unknowns, but that doesn't mean they're nobodies. Their obituaries are sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, and chock full of life lessons as taught by the people we all pass on the street every day. And thanks to ...

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Overview

Like Everything I Really Needed to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten, or Tuesdays with Morrie, Obit is a wise and deeply moving book that illuminates the human condition. For ten years, Jim Sheeler has scoured Colorado looking for subjects whose stories he will tell for the last time. Most are unknowns, but that doesn't mean they're nobodies. Their obituaries are sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, and chock full of life lessons as taught by the people we all pass on the street every day. And thanks to Sheeler's brilliant and compassionate prose, it's not too late to meet them.

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With rapt attention and a human touch, Sheeler recounts the stories of recently deceased people who, though uncelebrated, led extraordinary lives. Some pursued mammoth goals; others confronted great adversity.
Chicago Sun-Times
You probably won't have heard of any of the people eulogized in Obit, but they will remind you of the variety of humans on earth and the absolute certainty that no matter how powerful a personality, eventually the body goes, and that what remains stays not only in people's hearts, but in their stories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143113836
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,141,680
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

J im Sheeler is a Pulitzer Prize—winning reporter for the Rocky Mountain News. Sheeler was inducted into the Obituary Writer's Hall of Fame in 2006.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2008

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    This is an interesting concept for a book... It's the obituaries 'ordinary' people who were anything but ordinary within their community. Some are sad, some funny but all of them are interesting. It's a quick glimpse into someone else's life after they've passed on...

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