Local publisher Sasquatch Books pulled off a coup a couple of years ago when they lured Jon Winokur to their list. Winokur, for those who...

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Local publisher Sasquatch Books pulled off a coup a couple of years ago when they lured Jon Winokur to their list. Winokur, for those who don’t know him, is the compiler of one of the All-Time Great Bathroom Reading Books, “The Portable Curmudgeon” (300-odd pages of famous types wittily bad-mouthing one another).

Now, in his third book for Sasquatch, “In Passing: Condolences and Complaints on Death, Dying, and Related Disappointments” ($16.95), Winokur moves from the cranky to the deliciously morbid.

The quotes he selects range from practical information …

“For three days after death hair and

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fingernails continue to grow, but phone

calls taper off” — Johnny Carson

… to the philosophical.

“Life does not cease to be funny when people

die any more than it ceases to be serious when

people laugh” — George Bernard Shaw

Maybe this will be Winokur’s breakout book: from the bathroom bookshelf to a must-have handout at funeral homes.

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic