Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

  • by Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by Caitlin Doughty
  • 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-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. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead). Describing how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes), and cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes, Caitlin becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the deceased. Her eye-opening memoir shows how our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead). In the spirit of her popular Web series, "Ask a Mortician", Caitlin’s engaging narrative style makes this otherwise scary topic both approachable and profound.
Caitlin Doughty, the host and creator of the "Ask a Mortician" Web series and the collective Order of the Good Death, is on a mission to change the way we think about death.

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If you could sum up Smoke Gets in Your Eyes in three words, what would they be?

realities of death


What did you like best about this story?

Ms. Doughty is genuine and caring, graphic and honest about a subject that is often presented very clinically or euphemistically, when presented at all.


What about Caitlin Doughty’s performance did you like?

I prefer memoirs that are read by their authors because tone of voice, even when reading a well-written book, communicates so many nuances of meaning. She told her story well.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could not get enough of this book. I was so disappointed to reach its end.


Any additional comments?

Everyone should read this book. Its vital message is presented so well that everyone will enjoy it too.

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- Roxi "Roxi"

Important Book on Confronting Mortality

What made the experience of listening to Smoke Gets in Your Eyes the most enjoyable?

Despite the subject matter being dark and difficult, Doughty makes it accessible through her humour, candid demeanor, and extensive knowledge of the subject matter.


What about Caitlin Doughty’s performance did you like?

She is a gifted reader and her wit and humour come out even more vividly hearing her speak her own words.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are too many to list, but I was consistently moved by following along with Doughty's own emotional journey as she discovers more and more ways that we are disconnected from death, and by extension, disconnected from life itself.


Any additional comments?

Doughty's passion for the subject matter comes through clearly and effectively. She brilliantly weaves the history death in with her own personal experiences in the contemporary death industry.

Her argument for changing the way we interact with own mortality is a powerful challenge.

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- LB

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-19-2014
  • Publisher: Recorded Books