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The Book Of Extraordinary Deaths: True Accounts of Ill-Fated Lives
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Cecilia Ruiz
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The Book Of Extraordinary Deaths: True Accounts of Ill-Fated Lives

Cecilia Ruiz



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A welcome dose of dark humor for these dark times, The Book of Extraordinary Deaths introduces readers to the bizarre demises of thinkers, writers, monarchs, artists, and notable nobodies throughout history. Beginning in the fifth century BC with the morbidly unusual death of Aeschylus and journeying chronologically to identical twins-who died on the same day-in the present day, readers will learn of people they may or may not have ever heard of, but will forever remember for their memorable final moments. With Ruiz's sharply witty descriptions and compellingly beautiful illustrations, her characters come to life on the page even as they reach their demises. If you are unfamiliar with the Dancing Plague of Strasbourg, the strange duel that claimed balloonist Monsieur de Pique's life, or the fatal wardrobe malfunction of famed dancer Isadora Duncan, then you are in for a treat.

By:   Cecilia Ruiz
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 147mm,  Width: 222mm, 
Weight:   567g
ISBN:   9780399184048
ISBN 10:   039918404X
Pages:   80
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Cecilia Ruiz is an illustrator and graphic designer living and working in New York. She is the author of The Book of Memory Gaps, and obtained a BFA in graphic design from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a MFA in illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Praise for The Book of Extraordinary Deaths Ruiz's sinister selections and quirky technique add up to a delightfully morbid foray into history. --Publishers Weekly This slender, magnificent book is about the central tragedy of human existence, the dreadful final reckoning to which all flesh is heir. It's an absolute hoot. --Gene Weingarten, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist Praise for Cecilia Ruiz's The Book of Memory Gaps Cecilia Ruiz offers a darkly humorous but warmhearted account of various memory errors and disorders....The illustrations--lovely and quirky--manage to both depict a snapshot in time while also conveying memory's ephemeral, transient nature. --Bruce Poulsen Ph.D., Read[s] like Edward Gorey's The Gashlycrumb Tinies if it were written by Dr. Oliver Sacks....a quaint, beautifully designed little book with wonderful art.

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