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Dead People Suck

Dead People Suck

A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed

Laurie Kilmartin, New York Times bestselling author of Sh*tty Mom; read by the author

Macmillan Audio



Macmillan Audio

Macmillan Audio


ISBN: 9781427297969


This program is read by the author and includes material recorded in front of a live audience

An honest, irreverent, laugh-out-loud audiobook guide to coping with death and dying from the Emmy-nominated writer and New York Times bestselling co-author of Sh*tty Mom, Laurie Kilmartin.

Death is not for the faint of heart, and sometimes the best way to cope is through humor. No one knows this better than comedian Laurie Kilmartin. She made headlines by live-tweeting her father’s time in hospice and her grieving process after he passed, and channeled her experience into a comedy special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad. Dead People Suck is her hilarious guide to surviving (sometimes) death, dying, and grief without losing your mind.

Whether you are old and about to die, sick and about to die, or with a loved one who is about to pass away or who has passed away, there’s something for you. With chapters like “Are You An Old Man With Daughters? Please Shred Your Porn,” “If Cancer was an STD, It Would Be Cured By Now,” and “Unsubscribing Your Dead Parent from Tea Party Emails,” Laurie Kilmartin guides listeners through some of life’s most complicated moments with equal parts heart and sarcasm.

Praise for Dead People Suck

Dead People Suck but this guide absolutely doesn’t. I’ve never read something so cynical that’s also so life-affirming.”
—Patton Oswalt, comedian and New York Times bestselling author of Silver Screen Fiend and Zombie Spaceship Wasteland

“I don’t know how Laure Kilmartin managed to make this book both heart-breaking and hilarious, but she did. It’s honest and uncomfortable and brilliantly useful.”
—Cynthia Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest

"The comedian and Emmy-nominated writer for "Conan" narrates her hilarious and heartfelt how-tos for coping with grief." -New York Times Book Review

"[I]nfused with Kilmartin's wit and buoyed by personal stories. It's a mix of live readings and studio tracks. It's a tug at the heart strings, a cup of cold water in your face, and a lot of laughs." -Department of Tangents podcast

"Writing and performing this book must have been therapeutic for [Laurie] Kilmartin. It might be for you, too." -Providence Journal

Laurie Kilmartin, New York Times bestselling author of Sh*tty Mom; read by the author

Laurie Kilmartin is an Emmy-nominated writer for CONAN and the co-host of podcast The Jackie and Laurie Show. Her hour-long special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad, was named one of the Best Comedy Specials of 206 by Decider, Paste, and Vulture. As a stand-up comedian, she has appeared on CONAN, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central.

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