There are so many intriguing careers out there that are out of the box paths for a woman to take, but unfortunately it’s very difficult to get your hands on the stories of the women who work in those fields. From radio personalities to medical examiners and everything in between (including a war correspondent too) we found women with these career stories. Regardless of whether you would pick a career like this for yourself, these women are seriously inspirational and can teach you things that can apply to any aspect of your life. Reading their stories can also help inspire you to take chances and head down the road less traveled. Read on for 11 books you should read written by inspirational women with out of the box careers.
Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased.
Her eye-opening, candid, and often hilarious story is like going on a journey with your bravest friend to the cemetery at midnight. She demystifies death, leading us behind the black curtain of her unique profession. And she answers questions you didn’t know you had: Can you catch a disease from a corpse? How many dead bodies can you fit in a Dodge van? What exactly does a flaming skull look like? Honest and heartfelt, self-deprecating and ironic, Caitlin’s engaging style makes this otherwise taboo topic both approachable and engrossing. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead).