Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - by Caitlin Doughty (Paperback)

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Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x .7 Inches (D)
Weight: .5 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 272
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Format: Paperback
Author: Caitlin Doughty
Language: English
Street Date: September 28, 2015
TCIN: 80951385
UPC: 9780393351903
Item Number (DPCI): 247-64-2419
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

Morbid and illuminating (Entertainment Weekly)--a young mortician goes behind the scenes of her curious profession.

Book Synopsis

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).

Review Quotes

Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, fascinating and freaky, vivid and morbid, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is witty, sharply drawn, and deeply moving. Like a poisonous cocktail, Caitlin Doughty's memoir intoxicates and enchants even as it encourages you to embrace oblivion; she breathes life into death.--Dodai Stewart, deputy editor of

Caitlin Doughty takes you to places you didn't know you wanted to go. Fascinating, funny, and so very necessary, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes reveals exactly what's wrong with modern death denial.--Bess Lovejoy, author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses

Demonically funny dispatches.-- "O Magazine"

Demonically funny.-- "O, The Oprah Magazine"

Doughty...a trustworthy tour guide...keeps us laughing most of the way.--Rachel Lubitz "Washington Post"

Frank...philosophical...engaging, and even wicked.--Natalie Kusz "New York Times Book Review"

In a moving--and often funny--memoir about working in a crematorium and other parts of the 'death industry, ' Caitlin Doughty argues for radical change in how we face the details of death.--Jessica Ferri "Daily Beast"

It may well blow your mind wide open.--Elisabeth Donnelly "Flavorwire"

Think Sloane Crosley meets Six Feet Under.--Kevin Nguyen "Grantland"

Upbeat, brave and brilliantly, morbidly curious...Her measure of society is fierce, right on, and radical...[A]n important and timely book.--Helen Davies "Sunday Times"

This book absolutely must be read, if only to remind all of us that exercise, organic food, and plastic surgery only work up to a point. Doughty is my kind of death crusader--compassionate, unblinking, and very, very funny.--Meg Rosoff
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews
100% would recommend
1 recommendations

Educational Read and Very Personal

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
JenG - 11 months ago, Verified purchaser
I adored this book so much. It humanized something that we often ignore or don't want to see. Beautifully written and touching.
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