The American Resting Place: 400 Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds
Marilyn Yalom’s The American Resting Place: 400 Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds is a fascinating exploration not only of the history of cemeteries but also the artwork present there as well. With over 80 black and white illustrations, Yalom lets readers explore the history surrounding many of the popular cemeteries in America and explains that these burial grounds allow us to look at how religion and the historical record have changed over time. Yalom also looks at the gravestone inscriptions to give her readers a sense about the ever-changing ideas revolving around death and personal identity. Plus, the inscriptions serve as a way of exploring how gender and class played a role in society as well.
From burial grounds and the funerary symbols found in Native American cultures to a lost Czech community that was honored in the Bohemian National Columbarium in Chicago, readers will be transported across time and space for a somber journey full of fascinating historical tidbits and gorgeous artwork. If you don’t live near any of these cemeteries, then make sure you flip through the gallery to get a sense of the beautiful artwork that Yalom captured on her incredible photographic journey.