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




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

Number of page: 256
Author: Caitlin Doughty
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393245950
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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).

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Reviews:

  • Kerk DayKerk Day
    Amazing This book was informative, fun, and wonderful to read.
  • Paul ChambersPaul Chambers
    A great book. Packed full of information about the end of life care of the dead today and of times of past. Wonderful story of a woman discovering her place in this life too.
  • Tony WhiteTony White
    What an interesting read.
  • Remi HittleRemi Hittle
    Interesting, rethinking my death plans!
  • Zoe LaLuneZoe LaLune
    Clear, entertaining and high;y informing!
  • Lisa SmithLisa Smith
    Great read! Thank you for making this topic less taboo of a topic to discuss.
  • Marjorie FullerMarjorie Fuller
    Things you really need to think about This is an important and thoughtful presentation of a subject that no one wants to admit they think about — death. Written with honesty and humor, it addresses a major flaw in society and what we can do about it.
  • Dee HDee H
    Brilliant! Wity, dark and (naturally) macabre. A great read for anyone interested in the death industry.
  • Thomas CharronThomas Charron
    Wonderful Great anecdotes and some infomation about alternative options for body disposal after death.
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