Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory (W. W. Norton)
Gruesome, hilarious, unafraid and honest. You'll never look at dying the same way again.
Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead). Describing how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes), and cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes, Caitlin becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the deceased. Her eye-opening memoir shows how our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead). In the spirit of her popular Web series, Ask a Mortician, Caitlin s engaging narrative style makes this otherwise scary topic both approachable and profound."
"America's (kinda dark) sweetheart" (Huffington Post), Caitlin Doughty is the host and creator of the "Ask a Mortician" Web series and the collective Order of the Good Death. A licensed mortician, she lives in Los Angeles.
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