Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
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"Morbid and illuminating" (Entertainment Weekly)—a young mortician goes behind the scenes of her curious profession.
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).
From Publishers Weekly
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I'm so glad to learn more about the death industry from Caitlin. A longtime fan of her "Ask a Mortician" YouTube series, I find the book maintains her idiosyncrasies and voice. I quickly finished the book, wishing there were more stories in it . I love the juxtaposition of history with personal anecdotes. Fantastic, and a worthy read.
Amazing and thought provoking read.
Very interesting book and very well written. Keeps you interested, and also really makes you think about life in general. 5 stars.
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
This was a terrific book Caitlin. Well written, witty, and serious all at the same time. My own grandparents spent their adult lives as Funeral Home operators in the Midwest, starting in the early part of the century. I was always struck at how they were willing to accept tools, chickens, and other personal treasures in lieu of money to pay for funerals. Perhaps even they saw the wrong in the way of the new age funeral industry. You have captured this humanity both in this book and in your professional life today. This was a wonderful read. Thank you.
- Category: Biographies & Memoirs
- Published: Sep 15, 2014
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
- Seller: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
- Print Length: 256 Pages
- Language: English