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TRIDENT OFFSITE (BPL): Caitlin Doughty - Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death
*Please note that registration is for attendance prediction purposes only. No ticketing system will be in place, so patrons are not required to bring proof of registration.*
Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? is a funny, offbeat, and sometimes gross (in a good way) tour of the practical aspects of what happens after a person dies—starting with the question posed by the book’s title: When I die, will my cat eat my eyeballs? (Her answer: eventually, yes.) With her characteristic wit and humor, she describes how both cats and dogs would respond to a corpse. She explains that your cat won’t eat your eyeballs until it gets hungry, but once it does, it is likely to start with parts that are “soft and exposed” on the face. She writes, “Don’t rule out some chomps on the eyeballs—but Snickers is more likely to go for the softer, easier-access choices. Think: eyelids, lips, or tongue.” The book then presents a smorgasbord of strange, titillating questions. Will my body sit up or speak on its own after I die? Why do we turn colors when we die? If I died making a stupid face, would it be stuck like that forever? Doughty answers these questions with a mix of guts, gore, science, and history.
Featuring clever illustrations from artist Dianné Ruz, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? argues that it is normal to be curious about death, and through her answers—brimming with stories and facts from history, culture, and art—Doughty helps readers see death not as a subject to be feared, but rather as a fascinating, universal subject that bridges every culture and unites humanity.
Caitlin Doughty is a licensed mortician and the New York Times best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity. She created the “Ask a Mortician” web series and owns a funeral home in Los Angeles, California.
*Note: This event will be held offsite, at the Boston Public Library's Central Branch in Copley Square. More Information can be found here.*