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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Web Sites of Interest
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