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Library Use Only Databases

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  • Psychology & Behavioral Sciences
    Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods.
  • Religion & Philosophy
    Full-text coverage of over 300 titles that cover topics such as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.
 

DVDs

Forever
Call Number: DVD 363.75094 FOREVER
A poignant tour of the importance of art in the lives of visitors to the Pere-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the final resting place for legendary writers, composers, painters and other artists from around the world.

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The Cemetery Club
Call Number: DVD MOVIE CEMETERY
Comedy about three Jewish widows who meet at their husbands' graves once a year.

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Departures
Call Number: DVD MOVIE DEPARTURES
Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an orchestra that has just been dissolved and finds himself without a job. He decides to move back to his old hometown with his wife to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled 'Departures' thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency. He discovers that the job is actually for a 'Nokanshi' or 'encoffineer,' a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life.

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Welcome to Cemeteries

Cemeteries
Cemeteries - from the Greek word meaning sleeping place. Bone yards, burial grounds, God's acre, graveyards, memorial parks, necropolis, potter's field, they go by various names.  They may also take various formats such as six feet under, sky burials, ossuaries, crypts, mausoleums, sepulchre, tombs, vaults or catacombs.  Whatever shape they take they are the "resting place" of the physical body after it ceases to be. A deep and distinct history, ethnicity, and culture is established by exploring the land of the dead.
This guide is designed to introduce you to books, databases, web sites, and other sources of information related to that phase in time when you physically dissolve.
 

Books on CDs

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Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
Call Number: CD FICTION PRESTON
After New York Times reporter William Smithback and his wife Nora Kelly, a Museum of Natural History archaeologist, are brutally attacked in their apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Pendergast--the world's most enigmatic FBI Special Agent--returns to New York City to investigate a murderous Obeah cult.

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The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon
Call Number: CD FICTION DIXON
Justin Fisher has a successful career as the manager of a luxury hotel, a lovely wife, and a charming young son. While all signs point to a bright future, Justin can no longer ignore the hole in his life left by his estranged family. When he finally gathers the courage to reconnect with his troubled past, Justin is devastated to learn that his parents have passed away. And a visit to the cemetery brings the greatest shock of all, next to the graves of his father and mother sits a smaller tombstone for a three-year-old boy named Thomas Justin Fisher.

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This Body of Death: an inspector Lynley novel / Elizabeth George
Call Number: CD FICTION GEORGE
While Inspector Lynley takes a leave following his wife's murder, Isabelle Ardery is given temporary control of the Met. When a body is discovered in a Stoke Newington cemetery and the Met is targeted by the relentless media, Isabelle is forced to convince Lynley to return to work and spearhead the investigation.

 

Downloadable Books

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The Gravedigger's Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates
In 1936 the Schwarts, an immigrant family desperate to escape Nazi Germany, settle in a small town in upstate New York, where the father, a former high school teacher, is demeaned by the only job he can get: gravedigger and cemetery caretaker. After local prejudice and the family's own emotional frailty result in unspeakable tragedy, the gravedigger's daughter, Rebecca, begins her astonishing pilgrimage into America, an odyssey of erotic risk and imaginative daring, ingenious self-invention, and, in the end, a bittersweet -- but very "American"--Triumph. "You are born here, they will not hurt you"--so the gravedigger has predicted for his daughter, which will turn out to be true. In THE GRAVEDIGGER'S DAUGHTER, Oates has created a masterpiece of domestic yet mythic realism, at once emotionally engaging and intellectually provocative: an intimately observed testimony to the resilience of the individual

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Grave Surprise - by Charlaine Harris
Twenty-something Harper Connolly has a gift. After being struck by lighting as a child, she discovered an eerie ability to locate the deceased. In Memphis, skeptical Professor Nunley wants her to demonstrate that skill at an ancient cemetery. There, Harper stands atop a grave and says there are two bodies entombed: one centuries old, but the other, a young girl named Tabitha. Her assertion holds water. Tabitha has been missing for two years--and now the police are suspicious of Harper. So with her loyal stepbrother Tolliver, Harper begins to amass clues that will solve the case.

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The Bone Garden - Tess Gerritsen
Recent divorcee Julia Hamill has sunk her dwindling life savings into a 200-year-old farmhouse and a twenty-acre plot of woods, fields, and stony soil in rural Massachusetts, where she hopes to recover from her failed marriage. Gardening one afternoon, her spade strikes something hard and unyielding?not a rock, but a human skull.

Web Sites of Interest

The Following web sites provide detailed information on topics related to cemeteries.

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Sylvia Reyna
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Texana/Genealogy/Reference
600 Soledad
San Antonio, TX 78205
 

In the Vault

Texana Library Use Only Materials

Archival Finding Aids -Governmental binder (under "San Antonio Parks & Recreation Dept.")

Collins Funeral Home Records

IOOF Odd Fellows Cemetery

Knights of Pythias Cemetery Lot Owners Association

Vertical Files (News Paper Clippings)

     

    Net Library

    With electronic books, your public library is open 24/7! The San Antonio Public Library offers ways to access ebooks through NetLibrary for free with your San Antonio Public Library Card.

     

     

    Music on CDs

     
    Paris: a Musical Tour of Paris, Chantilly, Versailles & Chartres
    In addition to characteristic scenes from Paris, its buildings and its people, there is a glimpse of the Ch√Ęteau at Chantilly, the magnificent palace of Versailles, and the Cathedral at Chartres


    Sacred Ground - Various performers
    Call Number: CD FOLK SACRED
    A tribute to Mother Earth

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