On the Menu: A Dignified Death

Reading Menu:
Encounters with Death

This menu provides readers with a unique word-dining companion: Death.


100 Ways to Die
A tapas of tasty (yet terrifying) 100-word stories fill this book of new and seasoned writers (your Word Sommelier among them), edited by Dorian J. Sinnott and Teresa L. Beeding.
Takeout orders available at Crow’s Feet Journal

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The Book Thief
A “Chef’s Choice,” this historical, hefty YA novel by Markus Zusak is set in Nazi, Germany and provides a unique dining experience with its personification of Death, who serves as the novel’s narrator.
Takeout Orders Available at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI.


Because I could not stop for Death
Like all of Emily Dickinson’s poetry, this poem is both light and complex as her narrator is taken on a sensory-filled carriage ride by Death.
Served at the Poetry Foundation

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Suggested Word Pairings

Sip and savor these words as you feast on the main reading course.

“To die, to sleep –

To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub,

For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…”

William Shakespeare

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”


Help us build our ala carte menu! What other dishes should we serve on our “Encounters with Death” menu?

Please share in the comments so we can all indulge!

Published by Miranda Keskes

Miranda Keskes is a freelance blogger, journalist, and fiction writer who writes most often about parenting, autism, education, and her love of reading! Learn more at her business site, KeskesInk.com, and her book blog, ThePagePalate.com.

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