Smoke Gets in your Eyes

Smoke Gets in your Eyes

And Other Lessons From the Crematory

Book - 2014
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The blogger behind the popular Web series Ask a Mortician describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes.
Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
Description: x, 254 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780393240238
Branch Call Number: 363.75092 Dou


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May 15, 2019

When I'm asked for book recommendations, I never hesitate to name "Smoke Gets in your Eyes" by Caitlin Doughty. I once took a class in college called "Death and Dying in the Western World" and this book perfectly sums up the topics that we covered and the somewhat peculiar ways in which Americans view death. Doughty delivers the ultimate trifecta of humor, history, and trade skills in the field of post-death practices. As others have said, this book is the very definition of morbidly funny.

Kstobo May 05, 2019

Fantastic book about a grisly topic. Treated with humour and dignity (even when the subject is less than dignified). Super interesting!

Oct 03, 2018

Some dull moments I just wanted to skip through, but a thoroughly interesting and well written book. I would 100% recommend it!

TechLibrarian Aug 20, 2018

I've been meaning to read this since it was published. Today's weather reminded me to check it out!

Aug 05, 2018

I absolutely love Caitlin Doughty. It’s nice to know there is someone as comfortable with death as I am. We all live, we all die. It’s life. ‘Smoke gets in your eyes’ is about Caitlin’s experiences as a mortician, giving you a peek behind the vail of a day in her life. If you’ve read this book and enjoy it check out her web series on YouTube ‘Ask a Mortician’

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 funeral industry and it was truly a life-changing read.

Mar 07, 2018

One of the best books I have read in a long time, and I read a lot of books! This book is fascinating, highly entertaining, meaningful, and also hilarious in parts. It is about death and the death industry. If the subject turns you off, then you really need to read this book, and I'm not saying that to preach. Parts of the book may horrify you, but I really think you'll feel better able to deal with the issue of death after reading this book. You'll also probably save a hell of a lot of money the next time a loved one dies, after you read about the funeral industry and specifically about embalming.

kobrien3 Feb 13, 2018

I originally listened to the audiobook version and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a truly enjoyable memoir filled with interesting facts about working in the crematory and thoughtful discussion about how we as a society deal with death and dying. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a funny and fascinating memoir about an unexpected topic.

OPL_ErinD Feb 13, 2018

This is "Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain" for a new generation. One of those books that I want to get into the hands of as many friends and family members as possible.

Feb 08, 2018

This book is better than I expected it to be, which was pretty good to begin with. Caitlin gives so much detail, and you are certain of her passion for working with the deceased. I am looking forward to reading more from Caitlin Doughty.

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