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Sheri Booker was fifteen years old when she began working in a West Baltimore funeral home. Nine Years Under is her memoir about coming of age while coming to grips with something most American twenty-somethings haven’t even begun to confront: her own outlook on death.
In this conversation, we talked about that attitude, about the the role sex and race play in where Americans choose to have our loved ones funeralized, and how saying you’ve worked at a funeral home is the trump card at any dinner party. (Check out earlier Dismal Trade interview with the filmmakers of a documentary about green burial here.)