Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday: From Here to Eternity


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly blog hop of anticipated book releases hosted by Tessa @ Wishful Endings!

Title: From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death
Author: Caitlin Doughty
Release Date: October 03, 2017
Find it Here: Amazon // Goodreads

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 warm and respectful relationship. She meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette- smoking, wish- granting human skulls), and introduces us to a Japanese kotsuage, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved- ones’ bones from cremation ashes. With curiosity and morbid humor, Doughty encounters vividly decomposed bodies and participates in compelling, powerful death practices almost entirely unknown in America. Featuring Gorey-esque illustrations by artist Landis Blair, From Here to Eternity introduces death-care innovators researching green burial and body composting, explores new spaces for mourning— including a glowing- Buddha columbarium in Japan and America’s only open-air pyre— and reveals unexpected new possibilities for our own death rituals.
Why I want this:

Did you read my review of Caitlin Doughty's debut memoir Smoke Gets in Your Eyes? It was morbid and fascinating and I just can't get enough of Doughty's voice and her point of view. She's smart and asks all the right questions. Like I said in my review, this is the book that the history nerd in me has been waiting for! 

7 comments:

  1. This sounds totally morbid - and totally awesome. I haven't read her other book yet but I have to admit to finding this subject matter sort of fascinating. Great choice.

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  2. I hope you enjoy it when you read it. Sounds interesting. :)

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  3. This sounds fascinating! I hope you enjoy it!

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  5. (I deleted the previous comment because of typos...lol.)

    I must admit that this is not my cup of tea at all... What I'm more interested in is reading about ghosts, the afterlife, and reincarnation. Well, I do hope you enjoy this one! :)

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting on my CWW post!! Hope you're having a GREAT week!! <3 :)

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  6. Ooh! I love the cover to that book and this sounds like an interesting read! Great pick!

    Here’s my WoW !

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  7. Wow that sounds different but maybe fascinatint too?

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