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Soul in the Stone: Cemetery Art from America's Heartland, Brown, John Gary
1 Brown, John Gary Soul in the Stone: Cemetery Art from America's Heartland
University of Kansas Press Reprint. , 1994 0700606343 / 9780700606344 cloth 256 pages, 223 black-and-white photographs, 8-1/2 x 11, cloth, University of Kansas Press 
John Gary Brown's richly evocative photographs remind us that cemeteries--shadowy markers of death and grief--also shine forth with life and art. By turns starkly sobering, nostalgic, provocative, and quirkily humorous, his photos capture the human spirit preserved in all of its amazing diversity.

Celebrating master stone sculptors as well as grassroots and ethnic folk artists, Brown's striking images document the rich traditions of cemetery art as found throughout Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico. The art itself manifests a great many idiosyncratic forms and subjects including an Egyptian sphinx, a gigantic baseball, a salesman's suitcase, a rolltop desk, a car-engine shrine, plexiglass-enclosed dolls, life-size limestone statuary, hovering marble angels, elaborate wrought-iron crosses, along with more modest traditional motifs in etched-grantie and concrete.

Brown's own artistry and insights illuminate the ways in which these works embody or reflect personal grief, family relationships, religious and ethnic values, social status, occupations, avocations, aesthetics, as well as unrealized hopes and dreams. Both informative and entertaining, his book provides a haunting tribute to this neglected art form.

"This is a very important book. Here is a portal opening on significances within cemetery monuments. Indeed here is a portal opening on worlds beyond the grave, beyond the graveyard."--John Stilgoe, author of Borderland: Origins of the American Suburb

"The book's power is its wonderful, evocative photographs. Using such illustrations, Brown defines the place of the gravestone and cemetery in the vernacular culture of America's heartland."--David C. Sloane, author of The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries in American History

"A most welcome addition to the burgeoning literature on American cemeteries and gravemarkers, and, through its focus upon the nation's heartland, a significant contribution to the study of American regionalism."--Richard E. Meyer, editor of Cemeteries and Gravemarkers: Voices of American Culture

JOHN GARY BROWN is a professional photographer in Lawrence, Kansas. He has photographed cemeteries in most of the countries of Europe, in Mexico, and in the Middle East, as well as throughout the United States. His photographs have appeared in Smithsonian, Americana, and Architectural Digest.

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2 Charles Thomas Payne Litchfield and Morris [Connecticut] Inscriptions
0788405608 / 9780788405600 (1905), reprint, 51/2x81/2, paper, index, 304 pp, 
Gravestone inscriptions from 12 Connecticut cemeteries. Most dates fall between the mid 18th and late 19th centuries.

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Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography, Doug Keister
3 Doug Keister Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography
Gibbs Smith Publishers 1-58685-321-X / 9781586853211 paperback / softcover 256 pages, 4 1/2 x 9, paperback / softcover, Gibbs Smith Publishers 
Certain symbols abound in modern Western culture that are instantly recognizable: the cross signifies Christianity, the six-pointed Star of David is revered by Jews, the golden arches sometimes means it's time for lunch. Other symbols, however, require a bit of decoding--particularly those symbols found in cemeteries. Cemeteries are virtual encyclopedias of symbolism. Engravings on tombstones, mausoleums and memorials tell us just about everything there is to know about a person- date of birth and death as well as religion, ethnicity, occupation, community interests, and much more. In the fascinating new book Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography by noted author Douglas Keister, the secrets of cemetery symbolism are finally revealed. For instance, did you know that it is quite rare to see a sunflower on a tombstone? Did you know that the human foot symbolizes humility and service since it consistently touches the earth? Or the humble sheaf of wheat-while it is often used to denote someone who has lived a long and fruitful life, do you know other meanings it might carry?

Stories in Stone provides history along with images of a wide variety of common and not-so-common cemetery symbols, and offers an in-depth examination of stone relics and the personal and intimate details they display-flora and fauna, religious icons, society symbols, and final impressions of how the deceased wished to be remembered. Douglas Keister has created a practical field guide that is compact and portable, perfect for those interested in family histories and genealogical research, and is the only book of its kind that unlocks the language of symbols in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand manner.

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Douglas Keister has photographed fourteen award-winning, critically acclaimed books (including Red Tile Style: America's Spanish Revival Architecture, The Bungalow: America's Arts & Crafts Home, and Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties) earning him the title "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture." He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to other books, calendars, posters, and greeting cards. Doug lives in Chico, California, and travels frequently to photograph and lecture on historic architecture and photography.

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Forever Dixie, Douglas Keister
4 Douglas Keister Forever Dixie
Gibbs Smith Publishers 1423603141 / 978-1-4236-0314-6 paperback / softcover 4.5" x 9", paperback / softcover, Gibbs Smith Publishers 
When author/photographer Douglas Keister's book Stories in Stone came out in 2004, Sunset magazine stated, "Keister has done for cemetery exploration what Audubon did for birding." Since then, cemetery fans have been clamoring for more. Keister has answered them with Forever Dixie, an exploration of thirteen of the South's best cemeteries and forty notable southerners who have chosen to call the South their permanent home. Forever Dixie gives cemetery explorers GPS directions to the graves of famous southerners such as Martin Luther King Jr., Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Colonel Sanders, Casey Jones, Johnny Mercer, and dozens more. Also featured are interesting and unique graves of ordinary citizens like Thelma Holford of Jonesboro, Arkansas, who commissioned an Italian marble statue of herself and her beloved dog, Bunnie. Forever Dixie is a great gift for all those who call America's southern states home and for those who may have moved but whose hearts, souls, and roots still live in the South.

Photographer/writer Douglas Keister has authored thirty-six critically acclaimed books, including the highly praised book on cemetery exploration, Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography, and Going Out in Style, a book about cemetery art and architecture. His twenty-five books on residential architecture include Inside the Bungalow, Storybook Style, Red Tile Style, Classic Cottages, and Cottages. Keister also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to dozens of magazines, newspapers, books, calendars, posters, and greeting cards worldwide. He lives in Chico, California.
Lafayette Daily Advertiser - October 26, 2008
"Formatted for easy travel and references, the book provides an in-depth look at cemeteries throughout the South, including Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans and Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard in Tuscumbia, Ala., where man's best friend lies in imaginative graves."
 
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The Chesapeake Book of the Dead: Tombstones, Epitaphs, Histories, Reflections, and Oddments of the Region, Helen Chappell, photographs by Starke Jett V
5 Helen Chappell, photographs by Starke Jett V The Chesapeake Book of the Dead: Tombstones, Epitaphs, Histories, Reflections, and Oddments of the Region
Johns Hopkins University Press 1999 0801860415 / 9780801860416 hardback 150 pages, 42 illus, hardback, Johns Hopkins University Press 
"There is a romantic, nostalgic, pleasantly melancholy feeling to old cemeteries that is hard to define but easy to experience. Perhaps it is because we can feel the direct link to our past that no history book, no movie, no historical fantasy can ever convey. These stones and these unkempt grounds are the hard evidence of lives that came before us. Once, these people lived and breathed, loved, worked, fought, hoped and despaired, and experienced their triumphs and failures just as we do today. And, although we seldom care to acknowledge it, we will inevitably go where they have gone."-from the Preface
For the many people who enjoy walking through old cemeteries, exploring forgotten and overgrown graveyards, and reading the names, dates, and epitaphs of the dead, the Chesapeake Bay region offers a rich assortment of final resting places, many dating back to the early 1600s. From Williamsburg to Havre de Grace, it is not uncommon to see a number of the living wandering among the markers of the dead. Some are genealogists and historians, others come in search of quietude and a tangible connection to the past.
In The Chesapeake Book of the Dead, Helen Chappell and photographer Starke Jett survey this rich legacy, from the vast and imposing Arlington National Cemetery to lone graves so modest as to have been lost almost as soon as they were dug. Chappell and Jett visit graveyards of the famous and the obscure, wander through cemeteries dotted with both elaborate funerary and simple, weather-beaten headstones, and discover epitaphs that range from the literary to the amusing to the poignant. As old grave sites disappear under developers' bulldozers, through neglect, and at the hands of unscrupulous headstone collectors, this remarkable book offers a unique and elegiac look at our past and its tales of love and tragedy.
Among the cemeteries explored are Southeast Washington's Congressional Cemetery (posthumous home to composer John Philip Sousa, FBI head J. Edgar Hoover, pioneering feminist and muckraking journalist Anne Royall, and Choctaw chief and notable military tactician Pushmataha); Baltimore's Green Mount Cemetery (built in the 1830s as Baltimore's first sylvan graveyard); and Westminster Burying Ground in downtown Baltimore. At Westminster lies the grave of Edgar Allan Poe, which a mysterious figure visits each year on Poe's birthday to leave roses and a bottle of brandy. The book also describes the final resting places for such celebrities as Dorothy Parker (Chappell located her ashes at the NAACP headquarters in Baltimore), F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (buried in Rockville at Scott's wish, because, he insisted, "I belong here," in Maryland, "where everything is civilized and gay and rotted and polite"), and cosmopolitan actress Tallulah Bankhead (interred in a plot her sister provided near Chestertown).
Included throughout this fascinating book are essays on mourning fashion and deathbed performances, graveyard ghost stories, discussions of efforts to save historic cemeteries, and notes from the diary of a nineteenth-century doctor who today is buried in Rising Sun Cemetery alongside many of his patients. Chappell's lively prose, accompanied by Jett's haunting black-and-white photographs, will delight all those drawn to the seclusion, peacefulness, and melancholy of old graveyards.
Jacket illustration: Lower Hooper's Island, Maryland

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Writer Helen Chappell, a columnist for the Tidewater Times and frequent contributor to the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post, is the author of numerous books, including The Oysterback Tales, also available from Johns Hopkins, and Oysterback Spoken Here, as well as the Sam Wescott-Hollis Ball mystery series, of which Give Up the Ghost is the most recent example. Chappell lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore.Starke Jett V has received numerous awards of excellence for his photographs, which have appeared in such publications as Chespeake Bay, Soundings, Wooden Boat, and Classic Boat. In 1991 and 1992, he worked on a project documenting the watermen of the Northern Neck of Virginia in association with the Reedville Fisherman's Museum and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy.

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"From Helen Chappell, a native and resident of Talbot County and one of the very best writers in the region, come observation and musing about dead people, graveyards, tombstones, funerals, burials, and grieving customs around the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C . . . Being witty as well as serious about death in the same book is a risky business, of course. But Chappell manages it handily . . . The best-written and most entertaining new book on the subject."--John Goodspeed, Easton Star Democrat

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6 Jeanne Majdalany and Jean Mulkerin Poems on Stone in Stamford, Connecticut
0788408682 / 9780788408687 (1980) reprint, 51/2x81/2, paper, index, 188 pp, 
This lovely collection of poems was compiled from tombstones in and around Stamford, CT, to preserve these existing works of folk art before they are forever lost. This book contains about 370 poems from 45 different burial grounds. They are listed according to the areas from which they came, so the researcher can locate them without a problem. Each entry gives the name of the deceased, date of death, final age, and the epitaph as it reads on the grave marker. The book is not intended to be a genealogical guide, but the authors do provide names of several reference books in case the reader is interested in the family histories. Maps of Stamford, Darien and the original Stamford area of New Canaan before 1801 are included; along with the maps is a listing of all the cemeteries, providing their location, general condition, and dates of existence.

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7 Katherine Ramsland Cemetery Stories: Haunted Graveyards, Embalming Secrets, and the Life of a Corpse After Death
Harper Collins 2001 006018518X / 9780060185183 paperback 256 pages, 5 1/4 x 8, paperback, Harper Collins 
Never look at a grave the same way again
Admit it: You're fascinated by cemeteries. We all die, and for most of us, a cemetery is our final resting place. But how many people really know what goes on inside, around, and beyond them?
Enter the world of the dead as Katherine Ramsland talks to mortuary assistants, gravediggers, funeral home owners, and more, and find out about:
Stitching and cosmetic secrets used on mutilated bodies
Embalmers who do more than just embalm
The rising popularity of cremation art
Ghosts that infest graveyards everywhere
If you've ever scoffed at the high price of burying the dead, or ever wondered how your loved ones are handled when they die, or simply stared at tombstones with morbid fascination, then take a trip with Katherine Ramsland and learn about the booming industry -- and strange tales -- that surround cemeteries everywhere.

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Last Landscapes: The Architecture of the Cemetery in the West, Ken Worpole
8 Ken Worpole Last Landscapes: The Architecture of the Cemetery in the West
Reaktion Books via Chicago Distribution Center 186189161X / 978 1 86189 161 7 paperback 192 pages, 7 1/2 x 9 3/4, 129 color plates, 15 halftones, paperback, Reaktion Books via Chicago Distribution Center 
Last Landscapes is an exploration of the cult and celebration of death, loss and memory. It traces the history and design of burial places throughout Europe and the USA, ranging from the picturesque tradition of the village churchyard to tightly packed "cities of the dead", such as the Jewish Cemetery in Prague and Père Lachaise in Paris. Other landscapes that feature in this book include the war cemeteries of northern France, Viking burial islands in central Sweden, Etruscan tombs and early Christian catacombs in Italy, the 17th-century Portuguese-Jewish cemetery "Beth Haim" at Ouderkerk in the Netherlands, Forest Lawns in California, Derek Jarman's garden in Kent and the Stockholm Woodland Cemetery.

It is a fact that architecture "began with the tomb", yet, as Ken Worpole shows us in Last Landscapes, many historic cemeteries have been demolished or abandoned in recent times (notably the case with Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe), and there has been an increasing loss of inscription and memorialization in the modern urban cemetery. Too often cemeteries today are both poorly designed and physically and culturally marginalized. Worse, cremation denies a full architectural response to the mystery and solemnity of death.
The author explores how modes of disposal - burial, cremation, inhumation in mausoleums and wall tombs - vary across Europe and North America, according to religious and other cultural influences. And Last Landscapes raises profound questions as to how, in an age of mass cremation, architects and landscape designers might create meaningful structures and settings in the absence of a body, since for most of history the human body itself has provided the fundamental structural scale. This evocative book also contemplates other forms of memorialization within modern societies, from sculptures to parks, most notably the extraordinary Duisberg Park, set in a former giant steelworks in Germany's Ruhr Valley.

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Introduction
1. Living with the Dead
2. Landscapes and Meanings
3. Death's Compass
4. Cities of the Dead
5. Libraries in Stone
6. A Walk in the Paradise Gardens
7. The Disappearing Body
8. A Place at the End of the Earth
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9 Linda Herrick Final Resting Place, 2nd edition
Origins 2002 FinalRestingPlace paperback 24 pages, 8 1/2 x 11, paperback, Origins 
How to find cemeteries, what to take to a cemetery, how to clean a gravestone, terms, symbols explained.

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Final Resting Place: Cemetery Research, Linda Herrick
10 Linda Herrick Final Resting Place: Cemetery Research
2002 24 pages, 
How to find cemeteries, what to take to a cemetery, how to clean a gravestone, terms, symbols explained.


 
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A Graveyard Preservation Primer, Lynette Strangstad
11 Lynette Strangstad A Graveyard Preservation Primer
AltaMira Press 1995 0-7619-9130-1 / 9780761991304 paperback 126 pages, paperback, AltaMira Press 
This slender volume encapsulates more information on graveyard preservation than any other restoration guidebook available.
Packed with effective methods of maintenance and repair, A Graveyard Preservation Primer will help you restore and prolong the life of the stones in your care. Numerous photos and illustrations further clarify and demonstrate different problems and remedies for the beginning preservationist.
Written for non-professional and professional preservationists involved in small to mid-size graveyard preservation projects. This basic primer explains in step-by-step fashion how to preserve and restore a graveyard. Restoration is discussed with recommendations as to what lay people should and should not undertake.
Strangstad, who is familiar with historic yards from Halifax to Savannah, provides a step-by-step guidebook that is an indispensable reference tool for anyone interested in graveyard preservation.
American Association for State and Local History Book Series

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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Mary Roach
12 Mary Roach Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
W. W. Norton May 2004 0393324826 / 9780393324822 paperback 304 pages, 6 x 8, paperback, W. W. Norton 
Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers-some willingly, some unwittingly-have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.
In this fascinating, ennobling account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries-from the anatomy labs and human-sourced pharmacies of medieval and nineteenth-century Europe to a human decay research facility in Tennessee, to a plastic surgery practice lab, to a Scandinavian funeral directors' conference on human composting. In her droll, inimitable voice, Roach tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.

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Mary Roach's writing has appeared in Salon, Wired, Outside, GQ, Discover, Vogue, and the New York Times Magazine; her column, "My Planet," appears monthly in Reader's Digest. She lives in San Francisco.

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"One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year....Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting."—Entertainment Weekly "Fascinating and oddly fun."—San Francisco Chronicle "Roach's dry, irreverent wit makes for a delightful—though never disrespectful—read."—Time Out New York, Les Simpson, 17 April 2003 "Acutely entertaining, morbidly fascinating."—Forbes "A laugh-out-loud funny book....one of those wonderful books that offers enlightenment in the guise of entertainment."—Washington City Paper "As weird as the book gets, Roach manages to convey a sense of respect and appreciation for her subjects."—Los Angeles Times "Expect the insightful with the hilarious."—PW Daily, Bridget Kinsella, 5 May 2003 "Delightful....authoritative, endlessly curious and drolly funny."—Seattle Times, Adam Wong, 11 May 2003 "Outrageously funny, irreverent"—but respectful....so delightfully written, this book is difficult to put down."—Denver Post, Brian Richard Boylan, 11 May 2003 "[Roach] manages to make material that normally comes with a warning for the faint-hearted somehow light-hearted"—San Jose Mercury News, Jill Wolfson, 27 April 2003 "Roach displays her metier in tangents about bizarre incendents in pathological history."—Booklist, Gilbert Taylor, 15 March 2003 "Every detail is fascinating."—Chicago Sun-Times, Henry Kisor, 13 April 2003 "Fascinating, unexpectedly fresh and funny look at the multiplicity of ways in which cadavers benefit the living.... entertaining, absolutely."—Kirkus Reviews starred review "As informative and respectful as it is irreverent and witty....Impossible to put down."—Publishers Weekly starred review "[A] mordantly witty history of the scientific contributions made by the no-longer-living."—Outside "Despite the irreverent, macabre title, this is a respectful and serious examination of what happens to cadavers, past and present."—Library Journal, Michael D. Cramer, 1 March 2003 "Droll, dark, and quite wise, Stiff makes being dead funny and fascinating and weirdly appealing."—Susan Orlean "As fascinating as it is funny.... The research is admirable, the anecdotes carefully chosen, and the prose lively; and they combine to produce a book that everyone in the health care field should have to read, and everyone else will want to."—Caleb Carr, author of The Alienist "A fascinating book and, once you pick it up, you won't likely put it down."—Wisconsin State Journal, William R. Wineke, 14 September 2003 "A fascinating survey of the data yielded by corpses both medieval and modern."—Discover Magazine, 1 June 2003 "A funny but never disrespectful look at the curious world of cadaver research."—Netsurfer.com, 9 May 2003 "A joy to read....this is wonderful stuff."—San Francisco Bay Guardian, Tim Redmond, 28 May 2003 "A quick and compelling, if slightly uneasy, read."—Philadelphia City Paper, Justin Bauer, 26 June 2003 "A very funny book....full of surprises."—Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Craig McLaughlin, 27 July 2003 "An informative, gently funny but never irreverent look at the various uses society makes of the dead."—Forum, Tom Pantera, 1 June 2003 "An unflinching, often hilarious cultural history."—The Stranger, Erica C. Barnett, 30 October 2003 "Bizarrely entertaining."—Memphis Flyer, Susan Ellis, 14 August 2003 "Bring[s] alive a subject that has the potential to be deadly dull."—Chicago Tribune, Steve Fiffer, 29 June 2003 "Every page fairly drips with dark humor."—San Francisco Weekly, Matt Palmquist, 30 April 2003 "Genuinely funny and destined to be a classic read."—Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Donald A. Collins, 1 June 2003 "Her morbid subject—perverse, unsettling and voyeuristic—makes her book hard to put down"—Columbus Dispatch, Dean Narcisco, 27 May 2003 "It's a rare talent that can make people want to throw up and laugh at the same time."—Los Angeles Times Book Review, Roy Rivenberg, 7 July 2003 "Lively and quirky....the writer's style is genuinely warm...she has a keen eye for observation of unique and ironic details."—San Antonio Express-News, Michael Jaffee, 1 June 2003 "Mary Roach is an extremely funny science writer."—Natural History, Laurence A. Marschall, June 2003 "Our own instinctive discomfort with death provides fodder for Roach's dry sense of humor throughout the book."—Washington Post, Ana Marie Cox, 4 June 2003 "Roach exhibits both a keen sense of humor and a sincere respect for the dearly departed."—American Scientist, F.D., July/August 2003 "Roach is a masterful writer....Irreverent? Maybe a little. Disrespectful? Emphatically no."—Hippo Press, Manchester, NH, Lisa Parsons, 19 June 2003 "Roach saw some macabre things, but she describes them with respect and irresistible humor."—Austin American-Statesman, 27 April 2003 "Roach traces the use of the cadaver...and describes odd, behind-the-scenes moments perfect to halt all discussion at dinner."—Philadelphia News, T.D. Mobley-Martinez, 12 June 2003 "Roach's conversational tone and her gallows humor bring her subjects to life....Morbidly entertaining."—People Magazine, Alex Abramovich, 2 June 2003 "Roach's deliberate carefulness diminishes the topic's gore and sets a comfortable, comic tone that finds solace in its own oddity."—New City, Tom Lynch, 22 May 2003 "Roach...goes into gruesome detail, but she also succeeds in not making the subject at hand too morbid."—Willamette Week, Kim Colton, 21 May 2003 "Surprisingly entertaining. Similar in tone to Bill Bryson's travel books, Roach manages to be humorous yet respectful."—Chattanooga Times Free Press, Rick Mathis, 3 August 2003 "The numerous tidbits of information derived from the author's travels and interviews make [this book] uniquely appealing."—Journal of the American Medical Association, Joseph H. Davis, MD, 16 July 2003 "This bizarre tome will shock, disgust, intrigue and entertain you all at the same time."—Coral Gables Gazette, Mary Morrison, 25 September 2003 "Though the cover...will draw many readers to this book, its deft prose will keep them returning."—Dallas Morning News, Fred Bortz, 27 July 2003 "Well written, with a reader-friendly format."—Science Books and Films, Howard S. Pitkow, August 2003 "Well-written and deadly funny."—Good Times Magazine, Bruce Willey, 19 June 2003 "What saves the subject matter from intolerable gruesomeness is Roach. Her interest is genuine, despite her droll tone."—Portland Oregonian, B.T. Shaw, 25 May 2003 "Whimsical, hysterical and terribly interesting."—Detroit Free Press, Katy Human"—Scripps Howard News Service, 31 May 2003 "[Roach's] firsthand accounts of places and people make this a captivating look at life after death."—Science News, 17 May 2003 "[Roach's] knack for detailed research and loose Dave Barry-ish style makes Stiff a leisurely and enjoyable read."—Daily Yomiuri, Tom Westin, 11 May 2003 "[Roach] artfully and humorously unwraps the mystery of the dead body....an interesting and informative read."—Richmond Times-Dispatch, Deborah Love, 21 September 2003 "[Roach] has written a curiously funny, touching and respectful study."—Tampa Tribune & Times, Nancy Summers, 17 August 2003

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Cemeteries & Gravemarkers: Voices of American Culture, Richard Meyer, editor
13 Richard Meyer, editor Cemeteries & Gravemarkers: Voices of American Culture
Utah State University Press 0-87421-160-3 / 9780874211603 paperback / softcover 347 pages, paperback / softcover, Utah State University Press 
Cemeteries house the dead, but gravemarkers are fashioned by the living, who recorded on them not only their pleasures, sorrows, and hopes for an afterlife, but also more than they realized of their history, ethnicity, and culture. Richard Meyer has gathered twelve original essays examining burial grounds through the centuries and across the land to give a broad understanding of the history and cultural values of communities, regions, and American at large.

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Texas Graveyards: A Cultural Legacy, Terry Jordan
14 Terry Jordan Texas Graveyards: A Cultural Legacy
University of Texas Press 1982 0292780702 / 9780292780705 paperback 160 pages, 7 x 10, 128 b&w photos, paperback, University of Texas Press 
Where more poignantly than in a small country graveyard can a traveler fathom the flow of history and tradition? During the past twenty years, Terry G. Jordan has traveled the back roads and hidden trails of rural Texas in search of such cemeteries. With camera in hand, he has visited more than one thousand cemeteries created and maintained by the Anglo-American, black, Indian, Mexican, and German settlers of Texas. His discoveries of sculptured stones and mounds, hex signs and epitaphs, intricate landscapes and unusual decorations represent a previously unstudied and unappreciated wealth of Texas folk art and tradition. Texas Graveyards not only marks the distinct ethnic and racial traditions in burial practices but also preserves a Texas legacy endangered by changing customs, rural depopulation, vandalism, and the erosion of time.

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A sixth-generation Texan, the late Terry G. Jordan held the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas in the Department of Geography at the University of Texas at Austin.

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"...throw away your inhibitions, forget the ghost stories, and travel with Terry Jordan through the fascinating world of tombstones and epitaphs, the departed, the remaining, and the odd, revealing ways in which we honor the dead.... Jordan treats his subject with respect in both words and pictures." —Southern Living

"...Jordan's wonderful Texas Graveyards is a tour of Texas history in quite a unique way.... the book is a genuine masterpiece." —El Paso Times

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Acknowledgments
1. The Truth about Cemeteries
2. The Southern Folk Cemetery in Texas
3. Traditional Southern Grave Markers
4. The Mexican Graveyard in Texas
5. The Texas German Graveyard
6. A Legacy Squandered?
Notes
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