By now, if you've been following my blog or my Facebook posts, you know I am a huge cemetery nut. It's one of the only places to think and relieve stress that also inspires me to write.
I got into cemetery touring, history, and photography in my early 20s. I thought for October, I'd share a list of cemetery books with you. They make great research tools for writers or are just a good way to relax and appreciate the beautiful craftsmanship of days gone by. There are so many beautiful books out there, but these are a few to get you started.
The Cemetery Booklist 2011
1) Love Cemetery: Unburying the Secret History of Slaves by China Galland - details the restoration and history of an unmarked slave cemetery in East Texas.
2) City of the Dead: A Journey Through St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans, Louisiana by Robert Florence - details some of the most famous graves in New Orleans and the history of cemeteries there.
3) New Orleans Cemeteries: Life in the Cities of the Dead by Robert Florence - includes pictures of 13 cemeteries in New Orleans.
4) Stories in Stone: The Complete Guide to Cemetery Symbolism by Douglas Keister - details the symbolism of tombstones. When I first got into cemetery touring, this book was an invaluable guide.
6) A Graveyard Preservation Primer (American Association for State and Local History) by Lynette Strangstad - a must-have book for anyone attempting graveyard restorations and preservation.
7) The Victorian Cemetery (Shire Library) by Sarah Rutherford - discusses the Victorian approach to burial and surviving cemeteries today.
9) Haunted Cemeteries of New England: Stones, Stories, and Superstitions by Roxie J. Zwicker - the title pretty much sums it up.
11) Forever Dixie: A Field Guide to Southern Cemeteries & Their Residents by Douglas Keister - included are the graves of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
12) MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE: London's First Landscaped Cemeteries by John Turpin - the famous cemeteries of London designed from 1832 on.
13) Houses of Life: Jewish Cemeteries of Europe by Joachim Jacobs -tour of 30 Jewish cemeteries from the Roman Era to modern Britain and France.
14) Understanding Scottish Graveyards by Betty Willsher