Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?: And Other Questions About Dead Bodies

Category: Book
By (author): Doughty, Caitlin
By (author): Ruz, Dianné
Subject:  HUMOR / Form / Trivia
  SCIENCE / General
  SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Death & Dying
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: September 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 36
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*The New York Times bestseller that explores the "funny, dark, and at times stunningly existential" (Guardian) world of what happens when we die.

Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. What would happen to an astronaut's body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop when they die? Can grandma have a Viking funeral?

In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? Doughty blends history, science, and anthropology to offer candid, hilarious answers to urgent questions about what will happen (to our bodies) after we die. This edition features an interview with a psychologist on how to talk about death and new and never-before-answered questions from readers. Beautifully illustrated by Dianné Ruz, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? is "a charming guide into something we take enormous pains to avoid" (Paste).

Review Quote*My daughter hasn't put it down. She reads it out loud to me while we giggle.-Kari Byron, author of Crash Test Girl and former host of Mythbusters

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? is funny, dark, and at times stunningly existential, revealing not only how little we understand about death, but also how much kids can handle. -Marianne Eloise, Guardian

[E]very one of Doughty's answers serves as a charming guide into something we take enormous pains to avoid.-B. David Zarley, Paste Magazine

There's serious science here, but also cultural lessons in death and dying, a little history, and a touch of gruesomeness wrapped in that shroud of sharp, witty humor.-Terri Schlichenmeyer, Philadelphia Tribune

Doughty's writing is unusually conversational in tone for a book with subjects that can be considered taboo. Not only does she manage to make it extremely informative, throughout she includes her comments with sometimes profound thoughts, real humor and a significant dose of brilliant wit.-Pamela Kramer, BookReporter

[Doughty] provides answers to questions both humorous and moving, bringing tiny and full-sized mortals alike to a greater comfort with and understanding of the one transition that will happen to us all.-Anna Spydell, BookPage

With every ounce of straight-talking spunk one could muster for this topic, Doughty delivers a surprisingly heart-warming read.-Christy Lynch, BookPage

[A] delightful mixture of science and humor.-Library Journal

Doughty's answers are as delightful and distinctive as the questions. She blends humor with respect for the dead ... Her investigations of ritual, custom, law and science are thorough, and she doesn't shy from naming the parts of Grandma's body that might leak after she is gone.-Julia Kastner, Shelf Awareness

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? is morbidly funny and frank, lighthearted and informative…[A] delight for all and a must for adults who might fall victim to a barrage of childhood questions. -Jennifer Johnson, emissourian.com
Biographical NoteCaitlin Doughty is a mortician and the New York Times best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity. She is the creator of the web series Ask a Mortician. She lives in Los Angeles, California, where she owns and runs a funeral home.