The Smart Aleck's Guide to Grave Robbing [NOOK Book]

Overview

In this out-of-left-field follow up to the acclaimed SMART ALECK'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY (Random House, 2009), the smart aleck staff delves into the history, theory and practice of grave robbing. It's everything you need to launch YOUR career as a 19th century resurrection man - the smart aleck way!

With their trademark humor somehow staying (mostly) in the bounds of good taste, the staff delves into the reality behind tales of Victorian ...
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The Smart Aleck's Guide to Grave Robbing

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Overview

In this out-of-left-field follow up to the acclaimed SMART ALECK'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY (Random House, 2009), the smart aleck staff delves into the history, theory and practice of grave robbing. It's everything you need to launch YOUR career as a 19th century resurrection man - the smart aleck way!

With their trademark humor somehow staying (mostly) in the bounds of good taste, the staff delves into the reality behind tales of Victorian "mummy unwrapping parties," the days when anyone who came into possession of a dead body could trade it for cash or valuable prizes at medical schools, no questions asked, and murderers who found that simply killing a person to sell to colleges saved them a lot of digging, and conduct interviews with horror novelists and archaeologists. THE SMART ALECK'S GUIDE TO GRAVE ROBBING is fascinating, disgusting, and entertaining. In addition to the history, it features sections like a handy set of rhymes to help you remember whether "coffin liquor" is safe to drink based on the color and texture.

As a text book, it comes complete with quizzes, assignments, and experiments to try at home (the history book included experiments like finding out if it hurts to get poked in the liver, and assignments included making a propaganda poster for your teacher - one can imagine that the assignments in a grave robbing text are pretty grim....)

Not for the faint of heart, but horror fans, trivia buffs, and the historically inclined will find much to enjoy (albeit not before dinner). The full length book contains an active table of contents, active internal links, and the complete famous "Diary of a Resurrectionist" in the appendix.

Praise for THE SMART ALECK'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY:
"Speeding along on humor, Daily Show-style,…the irreverent, often laugh-out-loud approach should win over reluctant readers." - Publisher's Weekly

"In the style of acclaimed writers Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) and Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report), this witty, comedic and appealing volume is sure to appeal" - School Library Journal

"Pretty darn entertaining…valuable lessons about info-literacy…will enlighten, entertain, and might well motivate students to go on to check out in-depth books" - Richie's Picks

"Wacky, irreverent….Mark Twain would have loved it" - Florida Times Union
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Praise for THE SMART ALECK'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY:

"Speeding along on humor, Daily Show-style,…the irreverent, often laugh-out-loud approach should win over reluctant readers." - Publisher's Weekly

"In the style of acclaimed writers Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) and Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report), this witty, comedic and appealing volume is sure to appeal" - School Library Journal

"Pretty darn entertaining…valuable lessons about info-literacy&#x
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012992895
  • Publisher: Open Etc
  • Publication date: 9/4/2011
  • Series: Smart Aleck's Guide , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Adam Selzer is the author of several novels, including I KISSED A ZOMBIE AND I LIKED IT (Random House 2010), as well as a handful of nonfiction titles, including YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD GIVES ME THE CREEPS (Llewellyn 2009) and the original SMART ALECK'S GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY (Random House 2009). He and the Smart Aleck Staff wanted their first ebook to be something totally random, and ended up writing a text book on grave robbing.
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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Disgusting!

    Not too much new info here for people who read about this kind of stuff, but I sure never saw it as a text book. There was SOME stuff I hadn't heard about (mummy unwrapping parties weren't real? bummer) and I laughed more than I should probably admit, since it's pretty gross stuff. I like this series, though! Keep them coming!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2011

    Exploding coffins!

    Worth it just for the chapter on preventative measures. Probably not as funny as the history book, but just as interesting. Pretty disgusting, but it is what is.

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