Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in a crematorium? If so, go behind the scenes with mortician turned memoirist, Caitlin Doughty in Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory. In this best-selling memoir, Doughty does more than just describe her job and how her early morbid interests became her career. She reveals how our culture is in denial about dying and argues for major changes in how we face the details of death.
As Natalie Kusz writes in The Shortlist in the New York Times:
While the narrative is engaging and even wicked, it is also the least important element in a work that uses private experience to illustrate public insight, which in Doughty’s case is this: By systematically insulating ourselves from death’s physical manifestations, Americans are deprived emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and — not to be dismissed — financially, in ways our ancestors would have abhorred.”
I highly recommend this eye-opening, mind-changing, well-written read. For more about Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, you can read this BookPage review.