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Fancy Coffins to Make YourselfFancy Coffins to Make Yourself

Submitter: This book was weeded from our public library collection because it hadn’t circulated in more than 5 years. The front cover was enough to make me laugh and post a picture to Instagram with the hastag #NeglectedBooks and #LibrarianHumor, but I didn’t read the back cover until today.  And do read the reviews on Amazon–they’re hilarious!

Holly: Mr. Power never fails to delight! Remember this old post? We even talked about that one when we were on the Jimmy Kimmel show in 2009.

It’s an interesting book, and I’ll bet he’s sold a lot of copies. It’s weird, which makes it intriguing. I’m not entirely shocked that it hasn’t circulated in five years, but I’m also not shocked that it did circulate at some point. I’d be interested to know its total circulations, actually.  I’d also be interested to know if Mr. Powers ever made anything out of wood that wasn’t death-related. Duck decoys? A nice book shelf for his death woodworking books?

Fancy Coffins to make yourself - back cover


  1. We actually own this book and, surprisingly enough, it has checked out several times in the past couple of years. I might have to take a look at it for laughs.

  2. I don’t know what the point is for spending so much time and money just to put someone in the ground. They is it’s more respectful to the dead, but I don’t think *I’ll* care if they bury me in a solid gold coffin or toss me into the sea because… I’ll be dead. And if I actually am in the afterlife it surely will be better than whatever they put my creepy, icky old body in. 🙂

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