Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
You wouldn’t normally think that a book about death and cremation would be an entertaining read, but Smoke Gets in Your Eyes was fascinating! I can see why it made it to the New York Times Bestsellers list.
The author relates her experiences working at a crematory and later going to mortuary school – but she also intertwines the history and customs of death both in our culture and outside of the United States.
She discusses death in a way that feels very accessible, and though there were a few gross-out passages, you will also feel as though you are getting a history lesson. The author’s B.A. in Medieval History served her well in crafting a story that is both engaging and historical.
Doughty’s memoir is very easy to read and highly entertaining. If you aren’t too squeamish, then check it out. She is also a very popular blogger and has a web series called Ask a Mortician.”
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