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]
ISBN: 9780393240238
0393240231
Branch Call Number: BIO DOUGHTY C. Doughty 09/2014
Characteristics: x, 254 pages ;,22 cm

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JCLHebahA Apr 10, 2018

One of my favorite bits of what I think of as "mortality lit." Doughty's voice is conversational and thought-provoking.

July 2016 selection for the Oak Park Library Book Group.

morbid, hilarious, inspiring and ruthlessly genuine - Caitlin Doughty has a knack for finding the beauty in peculiar and horrifying moments and writing about them with poetry, wisdom and humor - there's a strong argument here for how we deal with the dead, but also hope, that together, we can fix it

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JCLGreggW Oct 14, 2014

A witty, heartfelt, dark, fascinating, and even philosophical look at the death and funeral industry in America. Part personal memoir, part behind-the-scenes look at a part of life that is usually shrouded in mystery, Cailtin Doughty writes a compelling book that will make you think about the end... Read More »


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L3vhopkins
Jan 13, 2020

Clumsy. Shallow, cringe-y attempts at humor. "A girl always remembers the first corpse she shaves." Please kill me.

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TheresaAJ
Sep 30, 2019

Although this is a memoir of Doughty's work in a crematory, it's also a history and analysis of death and funeral beliefs and rituals across time and cultures. While sharing often funny anecdotes from her experiences, the author also points out how America's "denial of death" culture has left us unprepared for the normal aging process and ripe for financial ripoff by the funeral industry. Sometimes gross, sometimes disturbing, this book will show you the true meaning of morbid humor. Doughty also has a popular web series called "Ask a Mortician".

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pataustin11
Aug 14, 2019

Smoke Gets in your Eyes is a memoir from a person who lead a unique life. The book explores many foreign concepts of death, and discusses the rationale for how we treat the dead and what to expect for the future. I did not expect this book to impact me as much as it did, and it drove me to consider things that I have never been driven to think of before. It promoted a lot of introspection, and I would encourage anyone to read this book and share in these uncommon thoughts.

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Robyn_Elizabeth
Jul 07, 2019

It was really interesting to get a peek "Behind the Curtain" so to speak at what Caitlin's life was like before she became everyone's favourite Mistress of the Deathlings. There's a lot I didn't know (Or admittedly didn't WANT to know or consider) about death and the funeral industry, and a lot of what she said was really resonating with me. (Especially embalming wise, having recently been to a funeral where the deceased looked just nothing like they had in life). I'm looking forward to her next book now too, she's a fascinating author and I absolutely recommend her books.

Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to add this one to our Staff Picks list at work!

IndyPL_KaseyP Jul 01, 2019

I came to Caitlin Doughty's biography a bit backwards. I read her second book, "From Here to Eternity" first. Then I started watching her Youtube channel "Ask a Mortician". I only found out about her first book when a patron asked for it. I'm glad I did, though. This memoir is funny, quirkily morbid, and strangely uplifting. The result of a life questioning why we must be so afraid of death. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Elybrarian
May 15, 2019

When I'm asked for book recommendations, I never hesitate to name "Smoke Gets in your Eyes" by Caitlin Doughty. I once took a class in college called "Death and Dying in the Western World" and this book perfectly sums up the topics that we covered and the somewhat peculiar ways in which Americans view death. Doughty delivers the ultimate trifecta of humor, history, and trade skills in the field of post-death practices. As others have said, this book is the very definition of morbidly funny.

Kstobo May 05, 2019

Fantastic book about a grisly topic. Treated with humour and dignity (even when the subject is less than dignified). Super interesting!

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CMaxted
Oct 03, 2018

Some dull moments I just wanted to skip through, but a thoroughly interesting and well written book. I would 100% recommend it!

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’

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TheresaAJ
Sep 30, 2019

"Two young men poked their heads in and looked around suspiciously. "Uh...yes, afternoon ma'am, we're in Science Support here with, your uh...heads."

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