Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell

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Working Stiff:
Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

This event includes a book signing

Date

Sep
10
Wednesday
September 10, 2014
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes forensic pathologist JUDY MELINEK and author T.J. MITCHELL for a discussion of their book Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner.

Working Stiff is the fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases—hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex—that shaped her as both a physician and a mother.

Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband T.J. and their toddler Daniel holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation—performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy’s two years of training, taking readers behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple, including a firsthand account of the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax bio-terrorism attack, and the disastrous crash of American Airlines flight 587.

Lively, action-packed, and loaded with mordant wit, Working Stiff offers a firsthand account of daily life in one of America’s most arduous professions, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. The body never lies—and through the murders, accidents, and suicides that land on her table, Dr. Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on shows like CSI and Law & Order to reveal the secret story of the real morgue.

Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell
Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell

Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell

Judy Melinek is a forensic pathologist and an associate clinical professor at UCSF Medical Center. She earned her college degree from Harvard and received her medical training at UCLA. Dr. Melinek travels nationally and internationally to lecture on anatomic and forensic pathology and she has been consulted as a forensic expert in many high-profile legal cases, as well as for the television shows E.R. and Mythbusters. For more information, including links to her appearances on Dr. Phil and Dr. Drew, visit http://www.drworkingstiff.com

T.J. Mitchell graduated with an English degree from Harvard and worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad and screenplay consultant in 2000. He is currently writing First Cut, the debut book in a medical examiner detective-fiction series, with Judy Melinek as co-author, while simultaneously raising their three children. They live in San Francisco.

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