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.
— New York Times Book Review
Illuminating.… From Here to Eternity
humanizes rituals that might otherwise seem unfathomable.
Thought-provoking.… Unless you and your friends are immortal, this book pertains to you.
— A. J. Jacobs
Caitlin Doughty is razor sharp, and writes about death with exceptional clarity and style. From Here to Eternity
manages to be both an extremely funny travelogue and a deeply moving book about what death means to us all.
— Dylan Thuras, co-founder of Atlas Obscura
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?'
The macabre travelogue is a thoughtful reflection and a smart critique of the American funeral industry, with plenty of gallows humor thrown in.
— SmithsonianFrom Here To Eternity
is fascinating, thought-provoking and—who would have guessed?—sometimes funny. Put it on your bucket list.
— Mail on Sundays
It sounds a bit like Eat, Pray, Die
, but her project is much larger than its premise first implies. She is searching not for personal spiritual enlightenment or the morbid titillation of thana-tourism, but for practical, radical alternatives to our corporatized death industry. Her travels illuminate a host of compelling possibilities for better funerals and a less fraught relationship with our dead.
— New Republic
Doughty finds the humanity in others cultures' relationship with death that seems to be lacking in ours.
This humane book gently provokes you to wonder: what exactly is your ideal funeral?
— The Times