- Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
- Jill Lepore, The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death
- Bernd Heinrich, Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death
Just to prove I am not overly angst-ridden, I shall not be asking for the "Sisyphus" watch I found at the Nation's online store. It certainly is tempting though ....