This book was morbid, disturbing, thought provoking, and necessary. Caitlin Doughty answers questions about death you didn't even know you had, all while guiding you through her first years at a crematorium in California. While her facts about world death rites are interesting (cannibals, witches, and demons, oh my), it's the compassion she imbues her personal experiences with that make what's usually such a taboo subject so relatable. Despite the dark subject matter (or perhaps because of it) this would make a fantastic book club read. It's absolutely a book you want to talk to someone about. What she sees in her crematorium is amazing, and it builds to a number of questions that we need to ask ourselves and our loved ones. Doughty wants our conversations about death to change, and she has written a book that can help ease you into thinking about death in a different way.
The blogger behind the popular Web series "Ask a Mortician" describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes.