Number of page: 256
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Category: Biography & Autobiography
“Morbid and illuminating” (Entertainment Weekly)—a young mortician goes behind the scenes of her curious profession. 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. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes. Caring for dead bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, Caitlin soon becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. She describes how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes) and reveals the strange history of cremation and undertaking, marveling at bizarre and wonderful funeral practices from different cultures. Her eye-opening, candid, and often hilarious story is like going on a journey with your bravest friend to the cemetery at midnight. She demystifies death, leading us behind the black curtain of her unique profession. And she answers questions you didn’t know you had: Can you catch a disease from a corpse
How many dead bodies can you fit in a Dodge van
What exactly does a flaming skull look like
Honest and heartfelt, self-deprecating and ironic, Caitlin’s engaging style makes this otherwise taboo topic both approachable and engrossing. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead).
- Lisa Smith
Great read! Thank you for making this topic less taboo of a topic to discuss.
- Jay Bean
This book is everything I expected and more! This book give so much detail into the life of a mortician. From her first day on the job on. As someone who is starting mortuary school in a week reading this book has helped me so much. If your curious or starting school like me I’d definitely give this book a chance!
- angela bledsoe
Clear Your Schedule You’re going to need time to read this book in one sitting. It is nearly impossible to put down once you open it. The author is brilliant and hilarious, and answers many questions through her experiences. Buy this book!
- Scott Sorrell
A revelation Such an incredible book. A funny, informative look at such an unexamined subject. It will bring you to tears (in laughter and sadness) and totally change you look at the end. So very well done.
- James Higgerson
Smoke Gets in your Eyes A absolutely great read. A great blend of humor and facts. Thoughtful even on a sensitive subject for some. Keep up the good work Caitlin.
- red Leader
Beautiful This was a fantastic read. I recommended it to the very awesome girls book club
- Steve Zarza
Light in the Darkness Like a bad car accident, I couldn’t look away. This book takes the subject of death and the funeral/crematory industry and offers a peek of what goes on. Whether you are interested in employment or, are looking for a great Halloween read, this book delivers. I’ve always been curious about death and the first chapter or so had the creep factor, but the more I read, I became desensitized, just as society once was. Good book and a good job by the author.
- Michael Amico
Pretty Good It is a good read. The crematory stories are great. It gets preachy at the end. I wonder if the Ebola outbreak, followed by the panic in the States has had a negative effect on the washing your own dead and the natural burial movement?
- Jonathan Franklin
Hot This is a great read whether you’re interested in getting into the field or already are. The book reads exactly as her videos play. Its fun and informative and highly recommended!
Working in the Killing Fields: Forensic Science in Bosnia
While the specifics of individual wars vary they share a common epilogue the task of finding and identifying the disappeared The Bosnian war of the early 1990s which destroyed the sovereign state of Yugoslavia is no exception In Working in the Killing Fields Howard Ball focuses on recent developments in the technology of forensic science and on the work of forensic professionals in Bosnia following that conflict Ball balances the examination of complex features of new forensic technology with insights into the lives of the men and women from around the globe who are tasked with finding and excavating bodies and conducting pathological examinations Having found the disappeared however these same pathologists must then also explain the cause of death to international court criminal prosecutors and surviving families of the victims Ball considers the physical dangers these professionals regularly confront while performing their site excavations as well as the emotional pain including post traumatic stress disorder they contend with while in Bosnia and after they leave the killing fields Working in the Killing Fields integrates discussion of cutting edge forensic technology into a wider view of what these searches mean the damage they do to people and the healing and good they bring to those in search of answers Even though the Balkan wars took place two decades ago the fields where so many men women and children died still have gruesome and disturbing stories to tell Ball puts the spotlight on the forensic professionals tasked with telling that story and on what their work means to them as individuals and to the wider world s understanding of genocide and war
Blood Beneath My Feet: The Journey of a Southern Death Investigator
Have you ever been locked in a cooler with piles of decomposing humans for so long that you had to shave all the hair off your body in order to get rid of the smell Joseph Scott Morgan did Have you ever lit a Marlboro from the ignited gas of a bloated dead man s belly Joseph Scott Morgan has Have you ever wept over a dead dog while not giving a shit about the dead owner laying next him Morgan did Were you named after a murder victim Joseph Scott Morgan was This isn t Hollywood fantasy it s the true story of a boy born into the deprivations of a white trash trailer park who as an adult gets further involved in the desperate backdoor sagas of the new South No hot blondes here just maggots grief and the truth about forensics and death investigation Joseph Scott Morgan became a death investigator with the Jefferson Parish Coroner s Office in suburban New Orleans in 1987 the youngest medicolegal death investigator in the country During the day Morgan worked in the morgue and at night investigated for the coroner In 1992 Morgan became senior investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner s Office in Atlanta Morgan is now a college professor at North Georgia College and State University where he teaches a death investigation course based on the national standards which he helped develop He and his family reside in the Blue Ridge Mountains of north Georgia
Forensic Science: Edition 4
This book is the perfect starting point for any newcomer to the field of forensic science It examines the entire process of conducting forensic science from the collection of evidence at the crime scene through the examination and evaluation of that evidence to the presentation of scientific findings in court The book is scientifically rigorous but written in a friendly and engaging style making it the ideal companion for undergraduate students beginning a forensic science course as background for MSc students as a reference for related professions such as lawyers or police officers or simply for the casual reader who wants to learn more about this fascinating area
Death, Bereavement, And Mourning
An encounter with the death of another is often an occasion when the bereaved need to be sustained in their loss relieved of the anxiety that the meeting with death engenders and comforted in their grief It is a time when those left behind often seek to redress wrongs in themselves or in the relationships that death has shaken and upset In both collective and individual responses to the trauma of encountering death we witness efforts to counter the misfortune and to explain the meaning of the loss to turn memory into blessing to reconcile life with death to regenerate life and redeem both the bereaved and the dead Sometimes loss may transform the bereaved in ways that lead to growth and maturity other times a loss leads to unremitting anger or melancholia There may be a variety of spiritual expressions that the bereaved experience in their time of loss but there appears to be some common elements in all of them Overtime survivors feelings are transformed into growing exploration of the spiritual a profound sense of rebirth newfound feelings of self mastery or confidence and a deeply held conviction that life goes on The contributions to this volume are based on a conference held in New York on the first anniversary of September 11 2001 Contributors include Peter Metcalf Robert Jay Lifton Ilana Harlow Robert A Neimeyer Samuel Heilman and Neil Gillman This sensitive and heartfelt volume relates specifically to issues of death bereavement and mourning in the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center but the applications to other individual and catastrophic events is obvious The contributions do not simply explore how people deal with bereavement or are psychologically affected by extreme grief they address how people can try to find meaning in tragedy and loss and strive to help restore order in the wake of chaos The multidisciplinary perspectives include those of anthropology psychology theology social work and art Samuel Heilman is the Distinguished Professor of Sociology and holder of the Harold Proshansky Chair in Jewish Studies and Sociology at the City University of New York and has also taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago the Hebrew University in Jerusalem Tel Aviv University and the Universities of New South Wales and Melbourne He is the author of several books including Synagogue Life and The People of the Book both published in paperback by Transaction