From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

Caitlin Doughty (Author) Landis Blair (Illustrator)
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Description

Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty embarks on a global expedition to discover how other cultures care for the dead. From Zoroastrian sky burials to wish-granting Bolivian skulls, she investigates the world's funerary customs and expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with dignity. Her account questions the rituals of the American funeral industry--especially chemical embalming--and suggests that the most effective traditions are those that allow mourners to personally attend to the body of the deceased. Exquisitely illustrated by artist Landis Blair, From Here to Eternity is an adventure into the morbid unknown, a fascinating tour through the unique ways people everywhere confront mortality.

Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
October 09, 2018
Pages
288
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.8 X 8.2 inches | 0.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780393356281

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About the Author

Caitlin Doughty is a mortician and the New York Times best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity. She is the creator of the web series Ask a Mortician. She lives in Los Angeles, California, where she owns and runs a funeral home.
Landis Blair illustrated the prize-winning graphic novel The Hunting Accident and the New York Times bestseller From Here to Eternity, and has published illustrations in the New York Times, Chicago magazine, and Medium. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Reviews

Doughty is a relentlessly curious and chipper tour guide to the underworld, and the weirder things get, the happier she seems.... Her dispatches from the dark side [are] doing us all a kindness--offering a picture of what we're in for, even if we'd rather not know.
Thought-provoking.... Unless you and your friends are immortal, this book pertains to you.--A. J. Jacobs
Doughty writes bluntly about open-air cremations, natural burials and body composting, bringing a little more clarity and a little less mystery to the question: 'What happens to us after we die?'--Our Guide to 2017's Great Reads
Doughty finds the humanity in others cultures' relationship with death that seems to be lacking in ours.
The macabre travelogue is a thoughtful reflection and a smart critique of the American funeral industry, with plenty of gallows humor thrown in.--The Ten Best Travel Books of 2017
This humane book gently provokes you to wonder: what exactly is your ideal funeral?
From Here To Eternity is fascinating, thought-provoking and--who would have guessed?--sometimes funny. Put it on your bucket list.