September LibraryReads Out

August 11, 2014

This batch has interesting choices and annotations with helpful insight on reader appeal.  (I do still have a Station Eleven ARC, btw, if this piques interest).  In print we have all on order or soon will (Horrorstör), and we’ll get several in audiobook as well.

The Favorite 

Most peopleSmoke gets in your eyes : and other lessons from the crematory 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.Smoke Gets in Your Eyes tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes. Caring for dead bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, Caitlin soon becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. She describes how she 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.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?  Honest and heartfelt, self-deprecating and ironic, Caitlin’s engaging style makes this otherwise taboo topic both approachable and engrossing. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead).

 

 

 

 

Station eleven : a novel  The secret place  Rooms  The Children Act  The Distance : A Thriller  Product DetailsThe witch with no name  The paying guests

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2 Responses to “September LibraryReads Out”

  1. Emily Says:

    I posted a reply the other day but I don’t see it.
    I am interested in the Station Eleven ARC over at Arlington if it is still available…
    And Horrorstör sounds wonderful. I look forward to checking it out.

  2. Darren Says:

    For some reason your first post didn’t take but I’ll get this to you. Thanks!


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