What happens after you die? Do you wake up in a waiting room, walk into Ted Danson’s office and learn that all your good deeds on earth earned you a spot in an everlasting utopia? Probably not, but this premise of NBC’s The Good Place sets up a thoughtful and hilarious journey through an imagined version of heaven. The brilliance of the show is that it takes a topic—the afterlife—that’s usually so warped by fear and divisive religious rhetoric, but presents it in an approachable, totally charming way. Here are five books that do the same.
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Why would anyone choose to become a mortician? Caitlin Doughty explains in her hands-on, candid, often-humorous romp through her employment in a crematorium. If you’ve wondered what happens when a body is cremated, Caitlin will set you straight, and also give you myriad macabre conversation-starters for your next cocktail party.