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"LUNACY & DEATH is full of straightforward common sense, wry humor, intelligence and wisdom, and is worth a read for anyone who might be confronted, some day, with their own unexpected human vulnerability."~Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader Full review here: https://www.indiereader.com/2018/04/l... "Dombrock's unique perspective provides an immediate level of authenticity t "LUNACY & DEATH is full of straightforward common sense, wry humor, intelligence and wisdom, and is worth a read for anyone who might be confronted, some day, with their own unexpected human vulnerability."~Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader Full review here: https://www.indiereader.com/2018/04/l... "Dombrock's unique perspective provides an immediate level of authenticity to these mentally ill wards and the people that fall under his care. Dark humor seamlessly runs into philosophical musings regarding the fragility of life, which makes the chapters easy to move through. What readers get is a funny, somber, and memorable story about the unpredictable paths of life, the painful realities of human nature, and the inherent value of selfless compassion." Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★ Full review here:http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/2...


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"LUNACY & DEATH is full of straightforward common sense, wry humor, intelligence and wisdom, and is worth a read for anyone who might be confronted, some day, with their own unexpected human vulnerability."~Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader Full review here: https://www.indiereader.com/2018/04/l... "Dombrock's unique perspective provides an immediate level of authenticity t "LUNACY & DEATH is full of straightforward common sense, wry humor, intelligence and wisdom, and is worth a read for anyone who might be confronted, some day, with their own unexpected human vulnerability."~Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader Full review here: https://www.indiereader.com/2018/04/l... "Dombrock's unique perspective provides an immediate level of authenticity to these mentally ill wards and the people that fall under his care. Dark humor seamlessly runs into philosophical musings regarding the fragility of life, which makes the chapters easy to move through. What readers get is a funny, somber, and memorable story about the unpredictable paths of life, the painful realities of human nature, and the inherent value of selfless compassion." Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★ Full review here:http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/2...

28 review for Lunacy and Death: A perspective developed over thirty years of working in mental health and death investigation.

  1. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Judy

    Interesting insight from someone "on the inside" at mental health facilities and morgues. Dombrock provides the reader some honest and real perspective. There are some great lines worth jotting down and referring to when you think the world is against you, or you are feeling sorry for yourself. There were a few times I found myself thinking "why is this chapter even included?" or "what is Dombrock trying to tell me here" -- but overall I enjoyed the read. Would be hard to recommend this without Interesting insight from someone "on the inside" at mental health facilities and morgues. Dombrock provides the reader some honest and real perspective. There are some great lines worth jotting down and referring to when you think the world is against you, or you are feeling sorry for yourself. There were a few times I found myself thinking "why is this chapter even included?" or "what is Dombrock trying to tell me here" -- but overall I enjoyed the read. Would be hard to recommend this without knowing the recommendee had some thick skin. Some of the stories Dombrock shared stuck with me for longer than I expected them too. Glad I read it. Thanks Dombrock for writing it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    J Yoder

    Lunacy and Death is a very detailed account of life working in both a mental health facility and a morgue as told by the author. Dombrock spent years working in both of these grim careers and puts a realistic yet sometimes humorous spin on his experiences. The first half of the book accounts his time as an aide working in the mental health facility where he shares his own perspective on mental illness while also using specific stories of patients that he encountered. Dombrock then moved on to wo Lunacy and Death is a very detailed account of life working in both a mental health facility and a morgue as told by the author. Dombrock spent years working in both of these grim careers and puts a realistic yet sometimes humorous spin on his experiences. The first half of the book accounts his time as an aide working in the mental health facility where he shares his own perspective on mental illness while also using specific stories of patients that he encountered. Dombrock then moved on to work in the morgue, which is the focus of the second part of the book where he again recounts experiences with the deceased. While at times Dombrock may get a little off topic or too detailed into his personal opinions, overall the memoir is a great account of what life is really like for those who work in these fields. The writing itself is great and the stories told within capture the reader's attention and pull you in to the fascinating perspective not experienced by most of us on the outside of these types of facilities. Having my own personal experiences with those with mental health issues and deaths of loved ones, this book helped me to see what it is like for those on the other side having to deal with it on a day to day basis as a career. Overall, a very interesting read that could help anyone looking for insight on these types of situations.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Corrine Cassels

    I'm a big fan of memoirs, especially by people who have experienced things that I have not. Death and Lunacy does not disappoint. Dombrock writes more like a guy you've happened to meet at a bar and get drunk with who gets a little too detailed about their personal life than an author, but it works for the subject matter. His descriptions are raw and at times morbid and a little obtuse, but realistic and honest. Reading his accounts from working at the mental hospital were refreshing in the sens I'm a big fan of memoirs, especially by people who have experienced things that I have not. Death and Lunacy does not disappoint. Dombrock writes more like a guy you've happened to meet at a bar and get drunk with who gets a little too detailed about their personal life than an author, but it works for the subject matter. His descriptions are raw and at times morbid and a little obtuse, but realistic and honest. Reading his accounts from working at the mental hospital were refreshing in the sense that they were written by someone more like myself than a doctor, so they were easier to take in and absorb in a sense. I spent a couple of my teenage years volunteering in the Alzheimer's ward of a nursing home and I found Dombrocks accounts eerily similar to some of my most traumatic memories of those times.  The second half of the book recalled experiences that I am completely foreign to, so I was fascinated. I walked away from this book with a deep sense of empathy for people working in both fields and all those that are affected by mental illness and death, or at least a deeper sense of empathy than I already had. Dombrock may not be a perfect writer, but what he lacks in that he makes up for with heart. I found it an engrossing and easy read and definitely recommend.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ravin Maurice

    Overall, I found this memoir enjoyable and an interesting read. But I am interested in the subject matter, and I found the author's story (and a little bit of life philosophy) about working in a locked ward of a psych hospital and a morgue fascinating. I would have loved to hear more stories from in the field! The authors writing style is nice and easy to read, like you're talking to a morbid and funny friend. But that's just me. This memoir would not be for everyone, if you're a little sensitive Overall, I found this memoir enjoyable and an interesting read. But I am interested in the subject matter, and I found the author's story (and a little bit of life philosophy) about working in a locked ward of a psych hospital and a morgue fascinating. I would have loved to hear more stories from in the field! The authors writing style is nice and easy to read, like you're talking to a morbid and funny friend. But that's just me. This memoir would not be for everyone, if you're a little sensitive and squeemish I would not recommend it. But if you have a tendancy to lean towards all things dark  you will probably enjoy this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Lunacy and Death by Tom Dombrock is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late April. With a subtitle of 'a perspective developed over thirty years of working in mental health and death investigation,' these are Dombrock's experiences as a psychiatric aide and morgue employee in forensics.  It's all very upfront, plainspoken, with full disclosure, and sardonic without being mean-spirited.  There are some similar themes to an earlier book I read, Eat the Apple, but less abstract and fatalistic. Lunacy and Death by Tom Dombrock is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late April. With a subtitle of 'a perspective developed over thirty years of working in mental health and death investigation,' these are Dombrock's experiences as a psychiatric aide and morgue employee in forensics.  It's all very upfront, plainspoken, with full disclosure, and sardonic without being mean-spirited.  There are some similar themes to an earlier book I read, Eat the Apple, but less abstract and fatalistic.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vnunez-Ms_luv2read

    Interesting book. The stories are at times hilarious, some sad. I dont know which I enjoyed more, the psychiatric hospital or the medical examiner's office. For either job, it takes a special person. I would recommend this book. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of the book in return for my honest review. Interesting book. The stories are at times hilarious, some sad. I dont know which I enjoyed more, the psychiatric hospital or the medical examiner's office. For either job, it takes a special person. I would recommend this book. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of the book in return for my honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tfalcone

    Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC. I liked the memoir part of death better than the lunacy part. The death part was simply horrific and best summed up by the author's statement of not appreciating when you are blessed to be alive. Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC. I liked the memoir part of death better than the lunacy part. The death part was simply horrific and best summed up by the author's statement of not appreciating when you are blessed to be alive.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Taylor Ertel

  10. 4 out of 5

    Doreen Miller

  11. 4 out of 5

    TrashPanda

  12. 4 out of 5

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adam Kanter

  15. 4 out of 5

    Beth Menendez

  16. 4 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Kari Bretl

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Haney

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diana

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Rice

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Porsha

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Lininger

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda green

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angela Mccullers

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Staci

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carol O'Connor

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