Caitlin Doughty, whose “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” is No. 14 on the hardcover nonfiction list, is a young undertaker who has made it her mission to demystify death and promote a D.I.Y. approach to funerals.
The author of “The Language Instinct,” “The Blank Slate” and, most recently, “The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century” has never gotten in trouble for reading a book. “Just for writing them.”