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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons…
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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory (2014. Auflage)

von Caitlin Doughty (Autor)

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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.
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Titel:Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory
Autoren:Caitlin Doughty (Autor)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2014), Edition: 1st Edition, 272 pages
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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory von Caitlin Doughty

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    Die fabelhafte Welt der Leichen von Mary Roach (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: These engaging, unusual accounts deal with the human body after death. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes wittily relates the work of an assistant in a crematorium, while Stiff presents an entertaining account of what happens with cadavers.
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    The Chick and the Dead: Life and Death Behind Mortuary Doors von Carla Valentine (fairyfeller)
    fairyfeller: Both memoirs about women working in the death industry.
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    Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner von Judy Melinek (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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I won't say this is one of my all-time greats, but it _is_ a terrific book! A young lady gets a job in a California crematory...as the crematory operator. You can just imagine that there'll be some great stories. And there are. But Doughty really gives so much more in terms of how 21st century Americans view and approach death, and contrasts that with other cultures and past practices. I really recommend that everyone read this or something similar ([b:Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training|7197286|Curtains Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training|Tom Jokinen|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328847391s/7197286.jpg|7835108] is another book along the same lines) and begin forming your thoughts about how you want your death to be handled. I know that I'll be doing that. If learning death "lessons" isn't your thing, you can still skim through and enjoy Doughty's journey as a good story. ( )
  Jeff.Rosendahl | Sep 21, 2021 |
Fascinated with death since she was a child, at 23-years old, after completing her medieval history degree, the author worked at a crematorium where she learned a lot and it prompted her to go to mortuary school, though she hated embalming with a passion! But she wanted to learn what the majority in the industry were taught. In addition to stories she tells of her coworkers, and incidents and stories with the dead bodies she worked with, she looks at the history of death rituals in various places and times.

Loved some of the quirky people she worked with! I enjoyed reading about the different death/dying rituals through time and place. She does throw some humour in there – I suppose to work in the industry one must possess some humour to lighten things up. Like her, I have been wanting to have a green burial for a long time now. It was just about a week ago that a new cemetery opened in my city with a green burial option, so I’m happy about that. ( )
  LibraryCin | Sep 14, 2021 |
This book read like binging on somebody's blog posts, but the author had interesting experiences to relate and an interesting viewpoint to reflect on them so that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. I would read her other books ( )
  Robertgreaves | Sep 11, 2021 |
This was a fun, quick little read.

Working in a bookstore has its benefits (it also has its drawbacks, trust me), and one of the benefits is when you have a good conversation with a customer who draws your attention to a book you knew nothing about.

That's the case here. I never would have discovered Caitlin Doughty's books without that customer.

While I love my horror—and, if we're honest, most horror is predicated on someone or something dying, usually horribly—I've never been able to fathom those that willingly get into the death trade.

This book doesn't necessarily shed much light on that, but it definitely sheds a lot of light on what happens between that moment when the person breathes their last, and what comes next to send the dearly...or in many cases, not-so-dearly departed off to their final resting place.

It ain't a pretty trip.

But it is a fascinating read. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
K10; read 2015; crematoria
  18cran | Aug 8, 2021 |
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AutorennameRolleArt des AutorsWerk?Status
Caitlin DoughtyHauptautoralle Ausgabenberechnet
High, David J.UmschlaggestalterCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Meyer, ClotildeTraductionCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Nonhoff, SkyÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Speaker, Mary AustinGestaltungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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