Title: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: & Other Lessons from the Crematory
Author: Caitlin Doughty
Published: Published September 15th 2014 by W. W. Norton & Company
Genre: Memoir, Death Industry
Caitlin Doughty is a mortician, YouTuber, and runs The Order of The Good Death. She's around the same age as me (born in '83) and I was able to connect with her writing rather well. She is super funny, referenced Pogs and how important they were to her as a child, and doesn't sugarcoat anything when it comes to death, decomp, cremation and the funeral business.
I very much agree with her viewpoints on death and I hope to see our culture move toward a less sacred viewpoint (in terms of religion) towards death and funerals. While I did bury my mother in a traditional way--embalming, casket, graveyard--I don't really care what happens to my own body. Put me on a mountain and let the animals eat me, IDGAF. Everyone deserves to choose what they want when it comes to not only death but end of life care and if they want to leave this planet with their mind in tact.
While I did already know most of the information in this book, I did enjoy it and definitely recommend it to others who are not aware of what really happens in a funeral home. For that reason I knocked off a star.