|Photo by Reid S. Yalom,|
|King's Chapel Burying Ground,|
Photo by Reid S. Yalom, copyright 2008
The book’s last chapter, “Old and New Fashions in Death,” is an interesting and in-depth view of the many ways that people are attempting to give death “a more personal face.”
If you enjoy trolling through cemeteries, as I do, you will like this book. You'll also learn a lot about the history of cemeteries and burial traditions. The author mentions her favorites, and those stones and markers she found unique in some way. She does not focus solely on the famous and infamous. She is sure to point out those that indicate a change in burial practices over time.
If you follow so many blogs that tackling a book seems overwhelming right now, get this book from the library anyway! Reid S. Yalom, the author’s son, has done an absolutely stunning job with the photography. I must admit, that's my favorite part of this book.
|Native American Veteran Grave Marker,|
reservation cemetery in Gunlock, Utah.
Photo by Reid S. Yalom, Copyright 2008.
I thumbed through the photos every time I sat down to read another chapter. They are that good, that simple, that black-and-white beautiful, that heartbreaking!
This book is a great cemetery walk, and I didn’t have to give up half of my weekend to enjoy it!