What are the best must have books about cemeteries?

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    #1The Victorian Cemetery

    The Victorian Cemetery

    Sarah Rutherford's The Victorian Cemetery is a book that recounts the rituals and customs involving death and burial in the Victorian period. The book was published on May 19th, 2009 by Shire Publications.


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    Christine Vasquez
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I think that this book is really good for getting details on how life (and, well, death) was in that time period. It covers a lot of good details, and gives a lot more background to the Victorian era and its unique perceptions and very unique practices regarding burials."
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    #2Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts

    Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts

    Penny Colman's Corpses, Coffins, and Crypts is a book about the history of cemeteries based on extensive anthropological and historical research on the culture behind burials. The book was published on  December 15th, 1997 by Henry Holt and Co.


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    Jason Morris
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I've always been interested in cemeteries and how they differ from one culture to another. So, I decided to get this book to learn about cemeteries in places that I will probably never get a chance to visit. Man, was I blown away. This book shows so much detail about this subject that I am fascinated every time that I pick the book up and go through it."
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    #3Soul in the Stone

    Soul in the Stone

    John Gary Brown's Soul in the Stone is a photography book featuring the stone sculptures and tombs in graveyards. The book was published on October 31st, 1994 by University Press of Kansas.


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    Patricia Murray
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This is a fair solution to the topic. Books are always subjective in what is good and a "must have", but this particular one is involved mostly about the art and sculptures in certain cemeteries and their traditions. The book itself does have great reviews but I do not know if it is a "must have" for the topic. "
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    #4Beautiful Death: The Art of the Cemetery

    Beautiful Death: The Art of the Cemetery

    Beautiful Death: The Art of the Cemetery, a novel by David Koontz, is a photograph-filled book about the culture, history, and art of cemeteries. The book was published on October 1st, 1996 by Studio.


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    Peter Hu
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "If you're interested in cemeteries this might possibly be one of the best books you can read. I have an Uncle that's a mortician and he really found this book intriguing. If you have a fascination with funerals and anything related this is a must have."
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    #5The American Resting Place

    The American Resting Place
    The American Resting Place is a retelling of 400 years of America's history in tombs, gravestones and various burial practices. The book was published on May 15th, 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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    Kevin Aguilar
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "If you're like me and you find cemeteries fascinating, then you're going to like this book. This book focuses on the history of cemeteries in America. It's very interesting to learn how tombstones and burial practices have varied over the years as well as in different parts of the country. Awesome book if you're interested in this sort of thing."
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    #6Stairway to Heaven

    Stairway to Heaven
    Stairway to Heaven is a book that compiles commemoratives of big rock and roll names who have now passed on. The book was published on September 1st 2005 by Wenner Books.

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    Arthur Morris
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Stairway to Heaven is a great book talking about the final resting places of famed rock and roll artists. It's a fantastic book for those interested in learning about the cemeteries that famous legends are buried. This is definitely an item to pickup."
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    #7The Tombstone Tourist: Musicians

    The Tombstone Tourist: Musicians
    The Tombstone Tourist: Musicians by Scott Stanton is the ultimate guide to the graveyards of the world's most famous musicians. The book was published on September 1st, 2003 by Gallery Books.


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    Juan Wheeler
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "I travel to take pictures at cemeteries and monuments and especially love finding various celebrities. If you're anything like me you'd enjoy this book...and even if not it's a great book to browse."
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    #8Elysium: A Gathering of Souls

    Elysium: A Gathering of Souls

    Sandra Russell Clark's Elysium: A Gathering of Souls is a book about the cemeteries in New Orleans told in photographs. The book was published on October 1st, 1997 by Louisiana State University Press.


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    Harini Gupta
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I think the term must have book about cemeteries is odd in itself, who must have a book about this topic. If you love cemeteries and their history this I suppose could be the book for you."
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    #9London's Cemeteries

    London's Cemeteries
    London's Cemeteries by Darren Beach is a pocket guide about all 50 cemeteries around London, including the graves of famous people like Karl Marx. The book was published on July 1st, 2006 by Metro Publications. 

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    Mildred Graham
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "London's Cemeteries is a great book about the cemeteries that are located in and around London. This book also has information about death rituals and myths that happened in London over time."
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    #10The Empire of Death

    The Empire of Death
    Paul Koudounaris' The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses is the book about the culture and history behind graves, told in photographs. 


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    Pamela Parker
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This book is super interesting. Gives a great history and detail about traditions surrounding death."


Best What are the best must have books about cemeteries
1The Victorian CemeteryBooks 35 Paid
2Corpses, Coffins, and CryptsBooks 32 Paid
3Soul in the StoneBooks 31 Paid
4Beautiful Death: The Art of the Cemetery Books 29 Paid
5The American Resting PlaceBooks 27 Paid
6Stairway to HeavenBooks 25 Paid
7The Tombstone Tourist: MusiciansBooks 21 Paid
8Elysium: A Gathering of Souls Books 19 Paid
9London's CemeteriesBooks 18 Paid
10The Empire of DeathBooks 16 Paid

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