Smoke Gets in your Eyes
And Other Lessons From the CrematoryBook - 2014
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes. Caring for dead bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, Caitlin soon becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. She describes how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes) and reveals the strange history of cremation and undertaking, marveling at bizarre and wonderful funeral practices from different cultures.
Her eye-opening, candid, and often hilarious story is like going on a journey with your bravest friend to the cemetery at midnight. She demystifies death, leading us behind the black curtain of her unique profession. And she answers questions you didn't know you had: Can you catch a disease from a corpse? How many dead bodies can you fit in a Dodge van? What exactly does a flaming skull look like?
Honest and heartfelt, self-deprecating and ironic, Caitlin's engaging style makes this otherwise taboo topic both approachable and engrossing. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead).
From Library Staff
LPL_KimberlyL Jun 27, 2018
Caitlin Doughty made me rethink everything I ever thought I knew about death and dying. This book is so important and surprisingly funny.
LPL_KimberlyL May 12, 2018
This is the morbid, macabre book I've always been looking for! Caitlin Doughty is full of empathy and humor, which makes reading a book about cremation an enlightening and positive experience rather than a nightmare horror show. This book has made me dramatically rethink death, dying, and the fun... Read More »
Smart writing, to the point, and takes you places you'll probably NEVER go on your own.