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

Caitlin Doughty

“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).

status Copy #1 (8404): in
genre Health » Death and Grief
publisher W. W. Norton & Company
publish date 2014
popularity checked out 2 time(s)


  • By c. a. Lohr -

    Caitlin Doughty has been working publicly to spread death positivity for years via the Order of the Good Death and her Youtube channel Ask a Mortician. This is her first book about her first job in a Bay Area crematorium. She offers an unmatched take on death and the cremation process, rituals and cultural values, and the ways capitalism and fear interrupts them. She’s also really funny!

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