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As for who reads this book And who follows its spells I know your name You will not die after your death In Walmart You will not perish forever For I know your name So begins this darkly comic incantation on the gods and scourges of the 21st century. The Walmart Book of the Dead was inspired by the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, funerary texts with accompanying illustrations As for who reads this book And who follows its spells I know your name You will not die after your death In Walmart You will not perish forever For I know your name So begins this darkly comic incantation on the gods and scourges of the 21st century. The Walmart Book of the Dead was inspired by the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, funerary texts with accompanying illustrations containing spells to preserve the spirit of the deceased in the afterlife. In Lucy Biederman’s version, shoplifters, grifters, drifters, and hustlers, desirous children, greeters, would-be Marxists, wolves, and circuit court judges, wander Walmart unknowingly consigned to their afterlives. “This BOOK is for the dark hours, the seam that ties the end of the evening to sunrise, when the bad, wrong things people do in and around Walmart are a hospital infection, red Rit dye in a load of whites, a gun in a classroom: by the time the problem is identified, it’s already ruined everything.”


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As for who reads this book And who follows its spells I know your name You will not die after your death In Walmart You will not perish forever For I know your name So begins this darkly comic incantation on the gods and scourges of the 21st century. The Walmart Book of the Dead was inspired by the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, funerary texts with accompanying illustrations As for who reads this book And who follows its spells I know your name You will not die after your death In Walmart You will not perish forever For I know your name So begins this darkly comic incantation on the gods and scourges of the 21st century. The Walmart Book of the Dead was inspired by the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, funerary texts with accompanying illustrations containing spells to preserve the spirit of the deceased in the afterlife. In Lucy Biederman’s version, shoplifters, grifters, drifters, and hustlers, desirous children, greeters, would-be Marxists, wolves, and circuit court judges, wander Walmart unknowingly consigned to their afterlives. “This BOOK is for the dark hours, the seam that ties the end of the evening to sunrise, when the bad, wrong things people do in and around Walmart are a hospital infection, red Rit dye in a load of whites, a gun in a classroom: by the time the problem is identified, it’s already ruined everything.”

30 review for The Walmart Book of the Dead

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This is brilliant. No worries about what you might need for the afterlife. It’s all there under the fluorescent gleam of the 24/7 Walmart, where the wisdom comes not from papyrus but from a massive bin of cheap notebooks, where you really can take it with you (even if you can’t pay, provided you know the secrets), where the spells sometimes require a download or an American Express card. Here we encounter the people we’ve all seen in Walmart, the gatekeepers, the slaves, the seekers, ourselves. A This is brilliant. No worries about what you might need for the afterlife. It’s all there under the fluorescent gleam of the 24/7 Walmart, where the wisdom comes not from papyrus but from a massive bin of cheap notebooks, where you really can take it with you (even if you can’t pay, provided you know the secrets), where the spells sometimes require a download or an American Express card. Here we encounter the people we’ve all seen in Walmart, the gatekeepers, the slaves, the seekers, ourselves. A huge thank you to vineleavespress.com for the advance copy, and congratulations to Lucy Biederman!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Spells with their boundary warping desires appealing to higher and lower powers and 1-2 page character studies of ppl and their Walmart. A kind of social realism warped w/mystical pinhole burns.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Profoundly original and with a super-strong voice, encompassing satire, sincerity, vulnerability, enactments of natural human defensiveness, the cultural, the personal, the now and the distant past, the spiritual, the literal, the cosmic, the trivial. I just loved it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Short and not always sweet Well worth your time. Walmart serves as a Valley of the kings in this updated Egyptian Book of the Dead. Biederman’s prose glows often. I must have underlined thirty passages.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Charles Deicke

    A beautiful collection of vignettes written in an honest yet poetic voice. Had to stop myself from reading the whole thing in one sitting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    This is 65 pages of small perfect SPELLS and written illustrations of the dead and living who die and live and live dead at walmart and you should read it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Frint

    Short, sweet, interesting look into the world of Walmart through a very unique style

  8. 5 out of 5

    Keith Zubot-Gephart

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maxx McKinley

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dominic Ryan

  11. 4 out of 5

    Liav

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eli

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Bell

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gareth Francis

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nick

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jim Dooley

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  18. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Carr

  19. 5 out of 5

    Norm Jenson

  20. 5 out of 5

    Connor

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sha'Tisha Young

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marcus Rosen

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Kesey

  24. 4 out of 5

    Madeleine

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Oh, hell. I read this when it first came out and forgot to write anything about it and now it's all gone out of my mind. But I still HAVE the book, so that must mean something. Oh, hell. I read this when it first came out and forgot to write anything about it and now it's all gone out of my mind. But I still HAVE the book, so that must mean something.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brian McGovern

  27. 5 out of 5

    Corey

  28. 4 out of 5

    David Megenhardt

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eric Graham

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