Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

…& Other Lessons from the Crematory

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Pre-Order Your Paperback!

The New York Times Bestseller (yes, I’m as surprised at you are) Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.


“[Doughty’s] sincere, hilarious, and perhaps life-altering memoir is a must-read for anyone who plans on dying.” (Booklist, Starred review)

“Demonically funny dispatches.” (O Magazine)

“Morbid and illuminating.” (Entertainment Weekly)

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased.

Her eye-opening, candid, and often hilarious story is like going on a journey with your bravest friend to the cemetery at midnight. She demystifies death, leading us behind the black curtain of her unique profession. And she answers questions you didn’t know you had: Can you catch a disease from a corpse? How many dead bodies can you fit in a Dodge van? What exactly does a flaming skull look like?”

Here are the various and sundry places to order the love of my life and have it delivered to your door (or Kindle).


Barnes & Noble!





Oh! Oh! I am also going on tour!  Jesus, Caitlin- STOP with the exclamation marks- you’re embarrassing yourself.  Wait, do you expect me not to be excited about spreading the pro-death acceptance gospel across our great nation? (and Canada, another great nation?) Now you’re just arguing with yourself, it’s starting to make everyone reading this uncomfortable.

Caitlin DoughtyHere are some of the confirmed paperback book events.

September 28, 7 pm at Book Soup in Los Angeles (8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood)

September 29, 7:30 pm at Powell’s City of Books in Portland (1005 W. Burnside St., Portland)

September 30, 7 pm at Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz (1520 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz)

October 1, 7 pm at The Bone Room in Berkeley (North Berkeley Public Library, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley) PLEASE NOTE: Seating capacity is limited to 60 and requires a reservation. The RSVP email address is and the phone number for RSVPs is (510) 526-5252

October 3, National Home Funeral Alliance Conference in Los Gatos (The Presentation Center, 19480 Bear Creek Road, Los Gatos)

October 4, 5 & 6 Death Salon: Mutter Museum in Philadelphia (Mutter Museum and various locations)

October 8, 7 pm, Strand Bookstore in New York City (828 Broadway, NYC)

October 9, 8 pm Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn (424-A 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn)


Stay tuned if your city is not mentioned, because we are adding locations/literary festivals/bookstores.