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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

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SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES Caitlin Doughty

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Caitlin Doughty
genre:
Memoir

We gave it a B+

Of the two certainties, death and taxes, only the former truly fascinates us. (Unless you have a thing for audits.) Doughty is a licensed mortician — and the host of the Web series Ask a Mortician — who has been curious about our final terminus ever since her childhood goldfish went belly-up, and in this memoir she spills the details of her early years working in a crematory. Like a professional Wednesday Addams, she goes through all the strange, awkward, and unpleasant specifics we, the general populace, would rather not deal with. For instance, how pacemakers can explode during cremation or how, regardless of your pop culture experience, ”seeing a flaming skull is intense beyond your wildest flights of imagination.” It’s mordantly morbid. B+