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Publisher Description

"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).

Biographies & Memoirs
September 15
W. W. Norton & Company
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Kirstynmae ,

Couldn’t put it down

So interesting couldn’t put it down

CharityWV35 ,

Death Queen

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.

martywell ,

Smoke Gets in your Eyes and other stories in the crematory.,

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.

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