These days, with enrollment in mortuary schools equally divided between men and women,. most forget that female funeral directors were once a rarity. While the public face of funeral service was slow to change, when it did there was nobody more public than Alexandra Kathryn Mosca. Detouring from her chosen path to become a writer, Mosca found funeral service. Or, more accurately, funeral service found her.
Grave Undertakings is a memoir of Mosca's singularly unique career. As a beautiful young woman immersed in a male dominated, mostly family-owned industry, she also kept a foot in the glamorous worlds of acting and modeling. Her ultimate experience as a model --a pictorial in Playboy--set the industry abuzz and seemed to spell doom for her career. Instead, her career continued to flourish, and her writing career was born.
The book traces Mosca's career path from her earliest days in funeral service: working as a receptionist in a funeral home in Queens, New York, while attending college. It was there that she witnessed her first embalming, an experience she chronicled in great detail. Her experiences in a New York City mortuary school --where the class practiced embalming on the unclaimed bodies in Bellevue Hospital's morgue --is equally comprehensive. Included are accounts of the dark days of the tragedies of Sept. 11th and Flight 587, balanced by the spectacle that was the funeral of Mob boss John Gotti. Mosca also shares a rare entrée into the private world of Playboy magazine.
Grave Undertakings is as relevant today as it was when it was first published.For those interested in learning about a career as a funeral director, this book is a "must read."
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This, my first book, has a special meaning for me. It details my life which hadn't always been easy and dovetails my two passions: writing and working as a funeral director. Over the years, as I have worked at fulfilling both my passions, I have grown both as a writer and funeral director. As a result, I will be writing an updated version of my life story incorporating the additional experiences I have learned, and the new perspectives I have gained, in the years since Grave Undertakings was published.About the Author:
Alexandra Kathryn Mosca is one of the most recognized names in the funeral industry. Licensed as a funeral director in New York, she has had a long, successful and eclectic career. In the 1980s, Mosca took the controversial step of posing for Playboy, a move that made her an instant celebrity. As a result, she appeared on many of the country's major talk shows including Regis and Kathie Lee, Phil Donahue and Joan Rivers. As an actress, she had small roles in television and movies: Law and Order, City Hall, The Peacemaker and The First Wives Club. Mosca was also a contestant on the revived version of the classic game show To Tell the Truth and her career was the basis for a question on Jeopardy. Since that time, Mosca has become an accomplished writer with two other books to her credit: Green-Wood Cemetery and Gardens of Stone. She is also a frequent contributor to American Funeral Director and American Cemetery magazines, for which she profiles famous cemeteries and funerals of the famous. Mosca, who resides on Long Island's No. Shore, continues to work as a funeral director in New York City, giving her special brand of caring to families in need.
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Book Description New Horizon Press, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110882822233
Book Description New Horizon Press, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0882822233