Amazing. Doughty treats the somewhat taboo subject of death culture with grace and just enough humor to make you relax when thinking about the inevitable death we're all facing.
Caitlin Doughty's follow up to her memoir, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, is everything I want out of a nonfiction book about death and death culture. She treats the subject with a combination of respect and openness that the American public sorely needs. For fans of the "death culture book" genre (Stiff, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Working Stiff, The American Way of Death, etc...) this book is a welcome addition. To individuals who are a little wary or may want to learn more about the subject, the book is both intriguing and welcoming. If you're a little uncomfortable or don't think this book is for you, give it a try. It will surprise you.
If Jessica Mitford's "Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain" frightened us into facing the reality of dying in America, Caitlin Doughty's writing is like being hugged and told everything is going to be okay. Once again Doughty guides us along an entertaining, informative and empathetic journey through death culture and this time we get to travel the world as we do it.
Just like her first book, this is a title I want to hand to people and say, "Read it and then let's talk."
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