Smoke Gets in your Eyes

Smoke Gets in your Eyes

And Other Lessons From the Crematory

Book - 2014
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The blogger behind the popular Web series Ask a Mortician describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393240238
0393240231
Branch Call Number: 363.75 Doughty
RA622.7.D68 A3 2014
Characteristics: x, 254 pages ; 22 cm

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lbarkema Jul 08, 2015

This was really interesting, much like the kind-of interest one has in "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" if science and death interest them, which is does me. I also liked how it was more of a study on death culture, and how Americans' views have changed over time and how our... Read More »


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TechLibrarian Aug 20, 2018

I've been meaning to read this since it was published. Today's weather reminded me to check it out!

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njwillso
Aug 05, 2018

I absolutely love Caitlin Doughty. It’s nice to know there is someone as comfortable with death as I am. We all live, we all die. It’s life. ‘Smoke gets in your eyes’ is about Caitlin’s experiences as a mortician, giving you a peek behind the vail of a day in her life. If you’ve read this book and enjoy it check out her web series on YouTube ‘Ask a Mortician’

LPL_KimberlyL May 12, 2018

This is the morbid, macabre book I've always been looking for! Caitlin Doughty is full of empathy and humor, which makes reading a book about cremation an enlightening and positive experience rather than a nightmare horror show. This book has made me dramatically rethink death, dying, and the funeral industry and it was truly a life-changing read.

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aafleming
Mar 07, 2018

One of the best books I have read in a long time, and I read a lot of books! This book is fascinating, highly entertaining, meaningful, and also hilarious in parts. It is about death and the death industry. If the subject turns you off, then you really need to read this book, and I'm not saying that to preach. Parts of the book may horrify you, but I really think you'll feel better able to deal with the issue of death after reading this book. You'll also probably save a hell of a lot of money the next time a loved one dies, after you read about the funeral industry and specifically about embalming.

kobrien3 Feb 13, 2018

I originally listened to the audiobook version and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a truly enjoyable memoir filled with interesting facts about working in the crematory and thoughtful discussion about how we as a society deal with death and dying. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a funny and fascinating memoir about an unexpected topic.

OPL_ErinD Feb 13, 2018

This is "Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain" for a new generation. One of those books that I want to get into the hands of as many friends and family members as possible.

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tamervin
Feb 08, 2018

This book is better than I expected it to be, which was pretty good to begin with. Caitlin gives so much detail, and you are certain of her passion for working with the deceased. I am looking forward to reading more from Caitlin Doughty.

OPL_AutumnH Feb 06, 2018

This book got me thinking about death in a realistic and positive way that has led to many wonderful, important conversations with family and friends. The narrative style is so easy to read that it helps temper some of the more gruesome details of working among the dead.

JessicaGma Jan 22, 2018

I'll admit to being a bit taken aback by the frank memoir at first, which surprised me as I have done dissections of all kinds so I had assumed I wouldn't be bothered, but then it does pull you in and makes you think about death, and society's obsession about youth and staying alive forever. There's something truly wacky about embalming when you think about it. Anyway, it's a really intriguing memoir and Doughty has a great way of breaking down a difficult subject with interesting facts.

vm510 Jan 11, 2018

In Doughty's memoir about working in a crematory in California, she shares stories and forces the reader to debate death and Americans' aversion to it. She details some of the history of the death industry, our use of embalming, and how thinking on burial/cremation has changed over time. She does this in a humorous, entertaining, and thought-provoking way; her voice and narration, especially in the first half of the book, had me smiling and giggling. She doesn't flinch discussing dead bodies, grinding leftover bones, and standing over a body to dress it. Towards the end of the book, I found her less revealing - which is totally fine, but if you do decide to bring up something personal and devote only a couple pages to it, it will have less of an impact on me. Just for the questions it raised while reading it though, I think it's a worthwhile read.

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