Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory (Paperback)

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An absolute must read. At first I picked up this book because I am a fan of the morbid and unspoken, but this ended up being an incredibly eye opening and educational experience. Caitlin Doughty walks us through her experience of becoming a mortician at age 20-something, while mixing in the intricacies of our history and current fear of the dead. Not only will you learn about what happens to us once we die, but you will start to think about it in a whole new (and potentially life changing) way. Doughty is a fabulous writer and I could not put down this book until I was completely through.

— Holly S., manager


Armed with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre, Caitlin Doughty took a job at a crematory and turned morbid curiosity into her life's work. She cared for bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, and became an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. In this best-selling memoir, brimming with gallows humor and vivid characters, she marvels at the gruesome history of undertaking and relates her unique coming-of-age story with bold curiosity and mordant wit. By turns hilarious, dark, and uplifting, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes reveals how the fear of dying warps our society and "will make you reconsider how our culture treats the dead" (San Francisco Chronicle).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393351903
ISBN-10: 0393351904
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 28th, 2015
Pages: 272
Language: English