Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory - Caitlin Doughty

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

By Caitlin Doughty

  • Release Date: 2014-09-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 260 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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

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).

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Latest Impressions

  • Death Queen

    5
    By CharityWV35
    I absolutely love this book and it’s author. I started watching her YouTube videos then learned about her two books. So I bought both. I love and adore her and she’s got a death positive fan in WV. My mother is close to death as I write this review, she has helped me come to terms with so many different aspects of death. I’m no afraid and i plan to be the person to wash, cloth and prepare my mother. We also decided on a at home viewing followed by direct cremation. I’m proud of the fact I can do this for my mommy. Thank you Caitlyn for giving me the insight to be part of the good death order.
  • Smoke Gets in your Eyes and other stories in the crematory.,

    5
    By martywell
    I thought I was weird because I have always had a fascination with death, now I know I am and that’s ok. So grateful we have advocates like Caitlin Doughty for decency and respect in the death industry.
  • Grace in Death

    5
    By Roxi S.
    A witty in your face expose on the reality that we have with death; that is is hidden instead of celebrated. This book made me have a serious discussion with my husband on what to do at my death, and made me contemplate it as a whole. An excellent read.
  • One word says it all.

    5
    By Kiwisbox
    Yes.
  • Intriguing

    5
    By Jared7891362589
    This book confirms all of my thoughts about what a crematorium is like. I have always been curious about death as expressed by questioning my Mom in the medical field. Should I be a chemistry major or is death the field I want to lay in for the rest of my life? You did a great job with this book! Thanks for your contributions to the death community. I look forward to your YouTube videos.
  • Excellent read!

    5
    By Aldhissla
    Very well written and easy to follow. This book explains details of the American death industry and provides not only insight into it. This book raises many questions for the reader and challenges them to think about how we deal with death.
  • A must read.

    5
    By LOrands
    This book has been in my amazon wishlist since its release. I finally took the plunge and bought it and was not disappointed. I found myself deeply moved, often laughing out loud, and ending the book with a different view on death than I had when I first started reading. I could not put it down and will always recommend to friends and family that they read this as well.
  • Absolutely perfect.

    5
    By NurseAllen
    Long a fan of Mistress of the Macabre, I finally sat down and finished this book in one day after I had the time to do so after nursing school. God, I love Ask A Mortician and everything Ms. Doughty does! Definitely people should give this book a chance.
  • Completely perfect! Everything I wanted it to be

    5
    By Captainmollie
    I was entirely surprised by how amazing this book was! I am extremely interested in the death industry and this gave me the insight that I wanted so much! I finished it in s few hours and I want more. The way Caitlin spoke and worded her story reached me on such a personal level. Loved it!
  • Review by D. Scott

    5
    By DutchessRai
    Review of "When smoke gets in your eyes..." An excellent book, very serious, but sometimes unexpectedly (and when you need it the most) humorous. Thanks Caitlin for turning on a bright like in the dark room of death. Fearlessly, you give others courage to face the inevitable with more understanding of the process at life's end ... And the choices we all should consider and make ... Before someone else has to. Thanks again for writing a great book. Donna