From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

From Here to Eternity

The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with “dignity.”Fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for their dead. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather’s mummified body. Grandpa’s mummy has lived in the family home for two years, where the family has maintained a war...


Details From Here to Eternity

TitleFrom Here to Eternity
ISBN9780393249897
Author
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Death, Science, Travel, History
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Reviews From Here to Eternity

  • PorshaJo
    2017-11-24
    OK, this might sound really weird....but I've been to a lot of funerals. And I mean a lot. As a very young girl, I used to go church on weekends with my grandparents, and they would always go to the funeral home after church. It was always the funeral home three day viewings followed by a church service and grave site service. Many, many years later a family member passed and was cremated. I thought it the oddest thing, completely unheard of. I h...
  • Petra X
    2017-11-07
    This is a brief tour of some of the world's strangest burial practices. In the epilogue, thanking people, Caitlin says, "Finally Landis Blair, who was an all-right boyfriend but is now a killer collaborator". And that feels like the key to this all-right, 3.5 star (at best) book.It feels like flushed with the deserved success of first book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, the author had decided to have a dual career...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2017-09-25
    I was sent this book by the publisher after responding to an email sent to a librarian email list; they had extras leftover from ALA, and I was #ALAleftbehind, so I asked for a few from their list.I knew of Caitlin Doughty but never read her earlier book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, which talks about her experience running a crematory and funeral home. In this book, she visits several different places that deal ...
  • Emily
    2017-08-07
    Caitlin Doughty has done it again: dragged us death-phobic Westerners into the light of what grieving and death could (and maybe should) look like. In From Here to Eternity, Caitlin travels the globe and shares her first-hand experiences of getting up close and personal with death rituals from around the world. I found each section absolutely captivating, and although the Tana Toraja bit did give me a nightmare last night (seriously), I'm going t...
  • Emily
    2018-05-03
    I absolutely LOVED this. I cannot wait to pick up more of Doughty's work and to binge watch her YouTube channel "Ask a Mortician."In this book, Doughty outlines all of the fucked up ways in which the US death industry is fucked up. She looks at expenses, dignity, and the seeming moratorium on public grief here in the states.In contrast, Doughty takes the reader along with her as she travels the world learning about other cultures' death rituals a...
  • Ammar
    2018-05-03
    fascinating book about the various cultures and how they interact with death, and the concept of the departed or loved one. were many non-western cultures perform more natural acts of burial, a non-industrial cremation. some use a pyre to lit a loved one, while others keep them mummified, and visit them often. The Japanese use chopsticks to pluck their loved one's bones from the ashes. Fascinating and written beautifully
  • Ashley Brooks
    2017-06-04
    4.5In her second book, Caitlin takes us around the world to take a look at how other cultures view and treat death. If you're already aware of how bizarre, detached and corporate-ified the US is about death, this will be a lovely trip through some truly beautiful rituals and cultures. If you aren't aware, well, this might be a bit jarring for you. Caitlin approaches the topic with respect and just the right amount of humor. I can't recommend her ...
  • Sydney
    2017-08-17
    This was quite interesting as it covers the more common features of how different cultures approach death. The Thai culture was probably the more interesting, as they follow the same ancient traditions as their ancestors.I would recommend this if you had a college class on philosophy or religion as a way to explore different peoples; or, if you have an interest in different cultures views on life and death.
  • Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
    2017-03-09
    I didn't enjoy this quite as much as Doughty's previous book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, but some parts were really interesting (Himalayan vultures with nine-foot wing spans) and others quite moving (people grieving their dead children).
  • jo
    2017-10-15
    Η Caitlin Doughty είναι ιδιοκτήτρια ενός εναλλακτικού γραφείου τελετών και γνωστή Youtuber. Το κανάλι της στο Youtube ονομάζεται “Ask a mortician” και ανεβάζει εβδομαδιαία βίντεο. Το «From here to eternity» είναι το δεύτερο βιβλίο της, το πρώτο ήταν το «Smoke gets in your eyes», και σε α...
  • Monika
    2017-08-24
    I didn't think that it was possible, but I loved this even more than Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. I like to pretend that I'm not, but I am an extremely squeamish person. Despite that, Doughty had me hooked on page one. From Here to Eternity is entertaining, surprisingly heart warming, and very eye-opening.Special thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. This book will be out October 3, and I highly recommend grabbing a copy.
  • Ross Blocher
    2018-02-14
    From Here to Eternity is the kind of exuberant, passionate non-fiction I live for. Caitlin Doughty has a deep fascination with death: she is a funeral director by trade and her knowledge, enthusiasm and good humor are clearly evident as she describes and de-stigmatizes cultural attitudes toward death around the world. Many of the stories revolve around her own travels to various parts of the world to witness ceremonies, crypts, crematoria, and co...
  • britt_brooke
    2017-10-16
    This didn’t blow me away like her first book, but it was still a pretty fascinating read. The cool illustrations added a lot, and were, I would imagine, more pleasant than actual photos would have been. The writing was a little flat and research paper-ish, though. I really wanted more of Doughty’s wacky personality.
  • Victoria ♡
    2018-01-31
    This book was so interesting! It really got me thinking tbh. Recommend Caitlin's books to everyone they're so good!!
  • Sonja Arlow
    2017-09-20
    3 starsI absolutely LOVED Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory. It was a quirky memoir of an inexperienced cremation assistant finding her feet in a macabre and sometimes quite depressing industry.But Caitlin has grown up, the funeral business is no longer just funny anecdotes but an industry that sometimes hurt the grieving more than help by making the final goodbye so absurdly clinical that it loses its humanity.This b...
  • Amanda
    2017-10-16
    This was not what I was expecting, which was a SGIYE part two. This is very much an informational nonfiction rather than a memoir, though there are memoir-esque elements about the companions Caitlin travelled with. This is a great overview of death rituals around the world, but not an in depth resource for death geeks. My favorite chapter was about Japan, as there were more details that helped me understand their rituals and culture. I wish Caitl...
  • Robin
    2017-06-18
    This author is so awesome. I want to go to her funeral facility when I pass. More to come.
  • Erica
    2018-01-19
    My anticipated reaction: My actual reaction: This isn't bad, not by a longshot. It's also not the stunning masterpiece I'd lead myself to believe it would be. A lot of that is my fault because I've stalked Caitlin Doughty for about 4 or 5 years now and am up to date on all her YouTube videos. I often read articles about her or by her or those written for Order of the Good Death so not a lot of this information was new to me. While I expected such...
  • TheYALibrarian
    2018-01-16
    Rating 5 StarsI really can't find any reason to complain about Caitlin Doughty and her grim but amusing books on her experiences with death. Especially as she walks hand in hand with the reaper on a daily basis as a mortician; a job I could never do myself but have always been curious about.This book however is more on the customs and traditions of families all over the world when it is time for someone to leave their mortal coil behind. For what...
  • Karyl
    2017-12-28
    This is an absolute must-read. Here in America, we are so separated from death. It is something to be feared, kept away from, hidden behind expensive caskets and embalming and services in a "multisensory experience room" (p. 234). Our dead are basically ripped from us, held in morgues and funeral homes, with little transition from the state of living to being buried in a cemetery or being resigned to the flames during cremation. Doughty's point d...
  • Rebecca Renner
    2017-07-16
    Few life events affect us more than the death of a loved one. At times, it can seem that grief is monolithic, but not every culture deals with death and grief in the same way. The death culture of the US endeavors to paint a pleasing facade over what we consider macabre. Embalmers camouflage the reality of the grave with chemicals and adornments. Cemeteries wall off the dead behind stone, concrete, and coffin wood. In her nonfiction book From H...
  • Rebecca Foster
    2018-02-06
    From Here to Eternity asks us to confront our bias against other cultures’ “savage” death rituals and see how they might be healthier than the usual Western approach of denying/hiding death. Many rituals Doughty observes are about maintaining a personal connection to the dead. In South Sulawesi, Indonesia, corpses remain with their families for months or years, preserved as mummies. Other destinations include a North Carolina body farm that...
  • Erin Duerr
    2017-06-08
    If Jessica Mitford's "Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain" frightened us into facing the reality of dying in America, Caitlin Doughty's writing is like being hugged and told everything is going to be okay. Once again Doughty guides us along an entertaining, informative and empathetic journey through death culture and this time we get to travel the world as we do it. Just like her first book, this is a title I want to hand to people and say, "Read it ...
  • Shannon
    2017-11-11
    4/5Solidly written, intelligent, witty, insightful, and unexpectedly heartfelt. I love Caitlin's YouTube series, Ask a Mortician, and equally loved her first book and memoir, The Smoke Gets in your Eyes. Although this book was less autobiography and more historical and informational, I did definitely enjoy it. Plus, the illustrations were haunting and gorgeous.
  • Mainlinebooker
    2017-09-03
    Calling all fans of cultural anthropology for this dive into how different cultures approach death and funereal rights is eye opening and fascinating. I never know how other people will react to this subject but I found her former book, Smoke gets in your Eyes, which talked about the cremation process utterly engrossing. This book is no exception. She takes us on a world tour of different practices through her easy conversational style,humor ,and...
  • Lauren
    2017-09-26
    Reading this book gave me some good ideas for conversation starters! Doughty's last book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, was a "pull the curtains back" on the funerary industry piece, and I enjoyed that one immensely. This book follows a different logic altogether, instead of Doughty sharing information about her field, she is now learning right along with us as she travels to a few locations [Indonesia, Bolivia, S...
  • Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
    2018-02-14
    *My 5th book for the 2018 PopSugar Challenge -#17. given to me as a gift.* This book was special and eye-opening. I was introduced to new cultures and new customs regarding death, a topic in which I've always been interested. This book made me rethink everything I thought I knew about death culture and options after passing. It helps the reader take comfort and to see death as a beautiful, natural next step, rather than something to be ignored an...
  • Erin
    2017-11-02
    I was actually surprised I would Love this book as much has I did! From the first page I was engrossed! It had me like Do people really do these things with their deceased loved ones? It gave me a more cultural perspective on death and how far people will go to persevere that life. I finished this pretty quickly mainly bc I couldn't put it down. When i wasn't reading it I was thinking about it. Haha. I highly recommend this book!!
  • Melora
    2017-11-09
    Some interesting stuff here, and Doughty is a convivial guide through the world of funeral practices. A forward thinking sort of mortician, Caitlin Doughty decides to see how death rituals are practiced in various cultures, both in the U.S. and around the world. With chapters on open-air pyre cremation (Crestone, Colorado); the Ma'Nene ritual, in which dead relatives are taken out for yearly family reunions (the Toraja people, in South Sulawesi, ...
  • Joy Clark
    2017-11-08
    Fascinating. I've been telling people all week to add it to their reading lists. We Westerners suck at death and grief. We treat it as a pestilence in its own right, as something to handle only from a distance, and preferably with appropriate hazmat gear. By describing death rituals around the world, Doughty reminds us that death and grief are not things of fear and shame, but should be celebrated and treated with the same dignity and amazement a...