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“American medicine has prepared itself for life but not for death."       Malcolm Gladwell

Community Book Club

Caitlin Doughty

Interested in joining us for a good read?

After reading Atul Gawande's powerful Being Mortal, we are ready for something just a little different. And so...

EIU's CtH invites participants to read Caitlin Doughty's Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory (2014). It's thought-provoking. It's philosophical. And yet, it's funny.

Please use our simple form to sign up! We ask only for your name, email, how you'd like to obtain the book, and some idea of your weekly schedule.

We'll keep you up-to-date on meeting times and venues. All are welcome.

More about Smoke Gets in Your Eyes:

“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

“Eye-opening, cringe-inducing, often hilarious, occasionally haunting, always insightful.” – David Eagleman

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.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes describes how Doughty swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes) and reveals the strange history of cremation and undertaking, marveling at bizarre and wonderful funeral practices from different cultures.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.