Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

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Armed with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre, Caitlin Doughty took a job at a crematory and turned morbid curiosity into her life's work. She cared for bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, and became an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. In this best-selling memoir, brimming with gallows humor and vivid characters, she marvels at the gruesome history of undertaking and relates her unique coming-of-age story with bold curiosity and mordant wit. By turns hilarious, dark, and uplifting, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes reveals how the fear of dying warps our society and "will make you reconsider how our culture treats the dead" (San Francisco Chronicle).

Reviews:
This book absolutely must be read, if only to remind all of us that exercise, organic food, and plastic surgery only work up to a point. Doughty is my kind of death crusader--compassionate, unblinking, and very, very funny.--Meg Rosoff

Demonically funny.-- "O, The Oprah Magazine"

Frank...philosophical...engaging, and even wicked.--Natalie Kusz "New York Times Book Review"

Upbeat, brave and brilliantly, morbidly curious...Her measure of society is fierce, right on, and radical...[A]n important and timely book.--Helen Davies "Sunday Times"

It may well blow your mind wide open.--Elisabeth Donnelly "Flavorwire"

Think Sloane Crosley meets Six Feet Under.--Kevin Nguyen "Grantland"

In a moving--and often funny--memoir about working in a crematorium and other parts of the 'death industry, ' Caitlin Doughty argues for radical change in how we face the details of death.--Jessica Ferri "Daily Beast"

Demonically funny dispatches.-- "O Magazine"

Doughty...a trustworthy tour guide...keeps us laughing most of the way.--Rachel Lubitz "Washington Post"

Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, fascinating and freaky, vivid and morbid, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is witty, sharply drawn, and deeply moving. Like a poisonous cocktail, Caitlin Doughty's memoir intoxicates and enchants even as it encourages you to embrace oblivion; she breathes life into death.--Dodai Stewart, deputy editor of Jezebel.com

Caitlin Doughty takes you to places you didn't know you wanted to go. Fascinating, funny, and so very necessary, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes reveals exactly what's wrong with modern death denial.--Bess Lovejoy, author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses

Author: Doughty, Caitlin

Publish Date: September 28, 2015

Binding: Paperback

Physical Info: 0.7" H x 8.2" L x 5.5" W (0.5 lbs) 272 pages

Author Bio: Diana Rajchel began her career planning to serve as clergy and write about all subjects spiritual. It did not occur to her or anyone else to say with what agency she might assume priesthood. The result of this oversight in intention setting is that she is now an itinerant city priestess, well-practiced witch, and somewhat unintentional subversive. Her background includes Wicca, folk witchcraft, conjure, and a whole lot of experience organizing people that don't like knowing that they're organized. Diana splits her time between San Francisco, California, where she co-owns Golden Apple Metaphysical, and southwestern Michigan, where she runs Earth and Sun spiritual coaching with her partner. In between her wanderings she teaches as part of the Magick 101 series for Wicked Grounds Annex in San Francisco, and teaches and reads tarot at Elements Kalamazoo in Michigan. Diana has 25 years' experience as a professional tarot reader and western herbalist and has 29 years' experience as a professional writer. She is also the pet DragonCat to a very ladylike boxer named Nora.

Table of Contents:

Contents
Series Introduction . . . 1
Old Ways . . . 13
New Ways . . . 45
Spells and Divination . . . 77
Recipes and Crafts . . . 105
Prayers and Invocations . . . 147
Rituals of Celebration . . . 177
Correspondences for Samhain . . . 211
Further Reading . . . 225
Bibliography . . . 229
Index . . . 239

 

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