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Book Review: Smoke gets in your eyes by Caitlin Doughty

Smoke gets in your eyes by Caitlin Doughty

Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir

BUG Rating: 4/5

Overall: I knew when @the_spines posted about this older release, I just had to read it. I’m not a huge memoir reader but if the topic/person sounds interesting, I’ll give it a go.

✨ What drew me to Smoke gets in your eyes… it was something that sounded like NOTHING I’d ever read.

🔎 The story is about Caitlin, who’s in her early 20s, fascinated with death and she finally lands a job working in a crematorium in San Francisco 🤔

🔎 The memoir follows her next few years working at Westwind Crematorium. I really loved this book. It was definitely unique.

📓 Caitlin held nothing back – from her first shaving of a corpse, to what REALLY happens during the embalming process, to the details on how the body burns during – and there is way way WAY more.

😬 It’s definitely a morbid read, but it was also really interesting and informative, and Caitlin’s wit and humour was often hilarious. An interesting book that I would definitely recommend, especially if you’re looking for something a bit different – you’ll definitely get different ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes. Caring for dead bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, Caitlin soon becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. She describes how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes) and reveals the strange history of cremation and undertaking, marveling at bizarre and wonderful funeral practices from different cultures.

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