Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving by Mo Rocca

If you are looking for a wonderful, light-hearted work of non fiction to ring in the new year, then Mobituaries by Mo Rocca should be at the top of the list. The author defines a mobituary as “an appreciation for someone who didn’t get the love she or he deserved the first time around.” Throughout the book, Mr. Rocca reminds the reader about people worth remembering who may have been forgotten with the passage of time or circumstance. Did you know that Audrey Hepburn died on the same day as Bill Clinton’s inauguration or that Farrah Fawcett passed away the same day as Michael Jackson? In his unique style, the author doesn’t limit himself to people. Other highlights include the obituaries of the New Jersey Turnpike, disco, the Ed Sullivan Show, and, yes, the station wagon. Mo Rocca is a top-notch storyteller who will leave you feeling good and a little bit smarter as we welcome 2020.

Reviewed by Melissa McCarthy, Zauel Library