Our non-fiction pick for May is Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty, a memoir written by a young mortician attempting to process everything she sees at work. “Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, fascinating and freaky, vivid and morbid, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is witty, sharply drawn, and deeply moving,” reads one review. Our special guest for this meeting will be a local funeral director, who will have a beer with us and answer any questions the group may have.
FHB Book Club meets at 5:45 PM (non-fiction) and 7 PM (fiction) each 3rd Wednesday of the month. Anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's books. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly.
About the Book:
"Morbid and illuminating" (Entertainment Weekly)―a young mortician goes behind the scenes of her curious profession.
Armed with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre, Caitlin Doughty took a job at a crematory and turned morbid curiosity into her life’s work. She cared for bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, and became an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. In this best-selling memoir, brimming with gallows humor and vivid characters, she marvels at the gruesome history of undertaking and relates her unique coming-of-age story with bold curiosity and mordant wit. By turns hilarious, dark, and uplifting, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes reveals how the fear of dying warps our society and "will make you reconsider how our culture treats the dead" (San Francisco Chronicle).
The book is available in all print and digital formats as well as audio. The audio version is read by the author.