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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory (Paperback)

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How much do you know about what happens to our bodies after we die; from a corporate funeral perspective anyway? Caitlin Doughty wanted to know and when this memoir opens, she’s beginning her first day as a cremation technician at Westwind Cremation and Burial. Her no-holds-barred approach to describing EVERYTHING that can and does happen is strangely comforting. Which is exactly her goal. By taking the fear and mystery out of something that will happen to us and everyone we know, Doughty aims to bring death back where it belongs—among family and friends. I loved this book!

— From Anne Holman


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).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393351903
ISBN-10: 0393351904
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 28th, 2015
Pages: 272
Language: English