In Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving he expands the obituaries of people such as Thomas Paine, whose funeral drew a mere six mourners, while his contributions to America were boundless. He imagines what Bill Cosby’s obituary will be like, and he is apparently fascinated by Audrey Hepburn.
It is not just people who tickle his fancy. He tells us about dragons, mermaids and unicorns. We learn about sports teams and sports figures, and we are told a bit about the station wagon. Even Frankenberry cereal gets a nod in Rocca’s book. Apparently when the cereal was first introduced, the dye in it turned children’s stools strawberry ice cream pink. Children loved it, parents were horrified and General Mills had to find a new dye.
On a personal note I enjoyed the stories he told about historical figures the most, but everything he wrote was interesting, and I learned more than I thought I would when I first picked up the book. In fact, I am going to search out that podcast later today.
Publisher - Simon & Schuster
Date of Publication - November 5, 2019