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

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

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 w Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty?a twenty-something with a degree in medieval ...

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Title:Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
Author:Caitlin Doughty
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

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

  • Jessica
    Nov 03, 2014
    I?ve had more first-hand experience with death than just about anyone else I know in my age group. By the time I hit thirty, I?d lost three grandparents (five, if you let me count my high-school boyfriend?s grandparents; they lived with his family), a mother, two high-school frie...
  • Diane
    Dec 21, 2014
    I saw this title on a few Best Of lists for the year, but I thought it was just OK. Caitlin Doughty worked at a crematory in the San Francisco area. She said she had been both fascinated by and terrified of death since she was a little girl, when she witnessed a child's fatal fall i...
  • Sandy Reilly
    Jul 07, 2014
    Amazing! Yes, it is about death, but not in the way one would typically think. It was difficult for me to describe this book to friends who asked what I was currently reading, as most would give me a funny look when I said it is about a woman who worked at a crematory. However, I can s...
  • Elyse
    Nov 22, 2015
    Call me morbid? ....ghastly?.....Bonkers? Right after I finished reading the memoir "When Breath Becomes Air", by Paul Kalanithi- a 4th year medical student working at Stanford Hospital ...(only 30 minutes from my house), - who died this year of Lung Cancer.., THIS book arrives in ...
  • Clif Hostetler
    Jun 06, 2016
    This book provides a thorough description of bodily death and decomposition. Death is part of life. But it has been mostly hidden from our lives by modern western culture. So the material from this book is bitter medicine for most readers unaccustomed to these details. It's an unpleasa...
  • Mark
    May 20, 2014
    Did you ever read the first line of a book to see if it grabbed you? Well, this odd memoir grabbed me from the first sentence and wouldn't let go until the end of the source notes. Most of us probably hold at least a little bit of morbid curiosity about what goes on behind the doors...
  • Carol
    Jul 24, 2014
    I've always been interested in the rituals surrounding death. W.W. Norton & Company grabbed my attention with this synopsis of Caitlyn Doughty's Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory "A young mortician goes behind the scenes, unafraid of the gruesome (an...
  • Petra X
    Jun 13, 2015
    I finished the book. The first part is 2-star fluffy. The main part is 5-star interesting with lots of gems on what we really look like dead and how even dead premature babies get shaved of their lanugo and cosmetically-enhanced so they will look 'natural' for their viewing. That w...
  • Will Byrnes
    Dec 10, 2015
    There are many words a woman in love longs to hear. ?I?ll love you forever, darling,? and ?Will it be a diamond this year?? are two fine examples. But young lovers take note: above all else, the phrase every girl truly wants to hear is, ?Hi, this is Amy from Science Suppo...
  • Darlene
    Jul 10, 2018
    "The meaning of life is that it ends." -Kafka This book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory is difficult to characterize. It's part memoir and part history of death customs; but it is also an advocacy for a much needed change in the way our society vie...
  • B. Rule
    Oct 20, 2014
    This is a quick read and a relatively light, frothy take on a dark subject. Doughty adopts the authorial persona of "cheerful goth" which largely works for her approach, combining anecdotal accounts of her time in the death industry with repeated polemics to bring death back into our d...
  • Erin Lee
    Jul 10, 2014
    It's kind of weird that in our culture, we'll talk endlessly about what might or might not happen to our souls after we die, but it's considered morbid or impolite to discuss what happens to our bodies when we die. If you're concerned about where your trash goes, or whether or not you ...
  • Bark
    May 17, 2017
    ?A girl always remembers the first corpse she shaves.? I sometimes think I?ve missed my life?s true calling. That of being a mortuary worker. But after reading this book I?m not so sure. I always thought the idea of working with people who didn?t talk back was a nice one...
  • Melki
    Jul 05, 2014
    Ten months into my job at Westwind, I knew death was the life for me. When Caitlin Doughty took a job at a California crematory, she learned more than just how to dispose of dead bodies. The daily exposure to death changed her thinking on the subject and turned her into a warrior f...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Jun 13, 2014
    (3.5) Caitlin Doughty, a funeral director in her early thirties, is on a mission. Her goal? Nothing less than completely changing how we think about death and the customs surrounding it. Her odyssey through the death industry began when she was 23 and started working at suburban San Fr...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Nov 13, 2015
    This review was also posted at Carole's Random Life This was the best little book that I didn't even know that I wanted to read. I have to say that I would have probably never picked this book up for myself. I didn't even know that this book existed until it showed up at my house a ...
  • Sonja Arlow
    Sep 17, 2014
    My fascination with the macabre and death is perhaps a case of staring at the boogeyman till he loses its power over me. This book gave me the opportunity to stare very hard! Part memoir, part research and full of the right intentions this book covers a range of death related top...
  • Tania
    Sep 22, 2014
    Death drives every creative and destructive impulse we have as human beings. The closer we come to understanding it, the closer we come to understanding ourselves. I struggled with this book. It was very interesting and I especially found the idea that most of us are not in touch with...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    Jul 11, 2018
    Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty is a fascinating, refreshingly frank, and a very educational look into the death industry, death rituals, and Doughty's personal experiences. I highly recommend this book of social science, though, fair wa...
  • MissSugarTown
    Mar 12, 2017
    Un essai vraiment intéressant et très drôle sur la mort et plus précisément le lien avec celle-ci au sein de la société américaine, que faire de notre corps une fois hors service ? On n'y pense jamais et pourtant ça en dit long sur nous-mêmes. ...
  • Ross Blocher
    Aug 20, 2018
    Caitlin Doughty is doing great work to educate the public about all aspects of death. In Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Doughty tells the story of the childhood event that first sparked her fascination with death, her experience working as a crematory operator, and her foray into mortuary sc...
  • Debbie "DJ"
    Jun 02, 2015
    I think this book gets the award for best opening line. "A girl always remembers the first corpse she shaves." So, yeah, I was pulled in from the beginning. Caitlin is 23 and lands her first job as a mortician. Why you ask? Well, turns out she is terrified of death. Has been eve...
  • Mariana
    Jan 14, 2018
    Hace muchísimo tiempo que quería leer algo escrito por Caitlin Doughty, me encantan sus videos de Youtube y toda su propuesta acerca de ser más "death positive" me parece muy interesante. Llegué a este libro sintiendo que yo ya era súper aceptante de la muerte y que es un tema...
  • Anna
    Jan 10, 2018
    ?For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.? ...
  • Melissa Chung
    May 25, 2016
    What an extremely well written and informative look on death and the behind the scenes of cremation and burial. This is Caitlin Doughty's autobiographical account on starting her life in the death business. Going from a lonely cremation operator to licensed mortician. Loved her...
  • Puck
    Sep 06, 2018
    ?Today, not being forced to see corpses is a privilege of the developed world.? 3 stars. With humor, compassion and interesting facts about death-culture, Caitlin Doughty takes us with her into the crematorium. We learn about the embalming process, what happens to a body in a ...
  • Laura
    Oct 02, 2016
    Societally, death simultaneously intrigues and terrifies us; it is an ever present aspect in our lives and perhaps the one certainty we can all expect to encounter. This is an interesting, sensitively written account of how a young woman in her twenties finds herself caring for the dea...
  • Book Riot Community
    May 10, 2016
    A little bit morbid, a little bit gross, a whole lot empowering. That?s basically the only way I can describe this book. Caitlin Doughty has been obsessed with death her whole life, so it?s only natural she goes to work at a crematory. In her tales, she busts a lot of myths about t...
  • Jay Green
    Nov 02, 2016
    Yes, I finished it on Halloween. Perfect! Except I would have been happy for it to have had another 100 pages to devour. I'm still on a kind of coming-to-terms-with-Dad's-death reading program, and since we followed his wishes and had him cremated, this book seemed like it would offer ...
  • Marie
    May 08, 2016
    ?What does not kill me makes me stronger.? ? Nietzsche I was thoroughly impressed by this memoir and social commentary on death and dying written by such a young woman. Caitlin Doughty, at the age of 23, has produced an impressive, well researched commentary on how we as a soc...