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Final Thoughts: Eternal Beauty in Stone Hardcover – October 28, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (October 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764339109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764339103
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After 30 years in the music business, John Thomas Grant's new creative outlet came through the lens of the camera. Genealogy introduced John to the cemetery. The cemetery gave John back his life. Final Thoughts is his first adventure.

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Photographer, Author, John Thomas Grant's conceptualization of "Final Thoughts: Eternal Beauty in Stone" was the consequence of a personal journey in search of his family roots and a collection of old letters, and the chance meeting with a young man in a small New England town.

The style, or as some might say - the look - of his photographic art you ask? Well that's a whole different story...

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I can't wait to get this book signed.
johanna frappier
John Thomas Grant truly captures the beauty and peacefulness, as well as the sadness of each cemetery he photographs.
Margaret Gilbert
This is a must have book for any taphophile or anyone who loves photography.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By johanna frappier on October 19, 2011
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I'm a fiction writer and I thrive on stimulating photos to spark my imagination. I've always loved the beauty and peace of cemetaries, so pre-ordered this book the second I discovered it. It came in the mail yesterday, and when I tell you you'll be stunned and transported by these images, I mean it! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! I can't wait to get this book signed. I'm buying more for Christmas gifts, and I'm proud to have this on display in my home for my friends and family. My favorite photos are on pages: 8, 14,18,28, 29, 38/39,40,43, 45,47, 53(holy cripes!),63(the light in this is out of this world), 65,76,80,89,125,132,and 155. Thank you, John Thomas Grant.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gale Wall on October 26, 2011
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I have waited on this book for a long time. And it was worth the wait. John has put into book form what many of us already know and experience when we take a cemetery walk. The next time I am questioned why I spend time in cemeteries, instead of trying to find the right words, I can just show them this book. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. Well done, John.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Fan on October 27, 2011
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The first thing that struck me about this book was the size and the high quality of the paper. John Thomas Grant has done an amazing job of matching pictures with poetry (epitaphs?). I have to agree with the previous review that states this is a "coffee table style book". So true! It's the type of book that should be shared. This book will be read over and over by me, and anyone who cares to look at it. Page 53 is so amazing, and I hope everyone will notice "Will and Grace". If you know someone who appreciates the beauty of the art in cemeteries, this would be a magnificent holiday gift!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Keister on April 8, 2012
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Back in the middle of the twentieth century when I was just a wee child we often had to drive by Wyuka cemetery on our way to downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Wyuka was a garden cemetery, modeled on Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, but of course we didn't know that at the time. What we know was that Wyuka was a big cemetery. We also knew that when you drove by a cemetery you had to hold your breath, lest you inhale some deathly vapors. Inhaling those vapors would ultimately result in a premature agonizing death. Our friend Thomas (he was never called Tommy) Williams, who wore spectacles out of the womb, uttered words with more than two syllables and was the neighborhood know-it-all told us that was a fact. He also told us that the ivy-covered cylindrical building on the edge of the cemetery contained the fetid remains of people who didn't have enough money to pay for a burial plot. They were simply given the heave-ho into the masonry receptacle and left to rot. It was a fact. Luckily, "O" Street, which was the main vehicular artery that bordered Wyuka cemetery, didn't have any stoplights on that deadly stretch and my lead-footed mother, who usually piloted our massive Mercury Monterey on the forays downtown, (and who apparently also knew about the noxious vapors), would always rapidly motor on by. Thus details my youthful experience with cemeteries.

By neither design nor intention did I consciously avoid cemeteries. They just weren't the sort of place I ever considered as an entertainment or education option. That would change. In the early 1970's, after I had moved to California, I decided to make a go at being a professional photographer. I had dabbled in the darkroom for a few years and even made a few dollars shooting weddings, products and portraits.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Becca on October 23, 2011
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"Final Thoughts: Eternal Beauty in Stone" is a great example of cemeteries and how cemeteries should be viewed. The thoughts and art work that the dead have left for us are brought back to life with Mr. Grants fantastic art work and the epitaph's left to us throughout the ages.

In this book, the reader will find a collection of the author's best photographs paired with different sayings that are found on different tombstones. This book is really a must in everybody's collection. It fits in with the cemetery lover to the history buff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William S. Terry on October 24, 2011
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The people who will find this book to their liking are many. Those who appreciate beauty, fine photography, history and cemeteries will consider this one of their new favorite books. While I have come to know and appreciate the photographer/author's work via Facebook, I have been stunned to see the incredible work of this man as presented in Final Thoughts. I received my copy only two days ago and have been through the entire book two times and look forward to another visit to the past in the near future. Even though the cemeteries featured are all located in the northeast, any person who enjoys the subject matter will find this book a delight. The physical quality of the book is very good and a bargain for the price. Definitely a book you want in your library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By gypsytanlira on October 18, 2011
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Dear Mr. Grant,

There have only been a few photographers that have really caught my attention. Ansel Adams and Matthew Brady and now you. This is a wonderful collection!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 20, 2011
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I TAKE GREAT COMFORT IN GOING TO THE GRAVES OF MY LOVED ONES...AND I TOOK INTEREST IN JOHN GRANTS BOOK, BUT DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, OTHER THAN SEEING 'BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS'...BUT BEING JUST HALF WAY THRU THE BOOK, I AM BLOWN AWAY WITH FEELING AND THOUGHTS THAT I NEVER WOULD HAVE EXPECTED...EACH PHOTO IS FAR FROM DEATH, AND TO ME SEEMS TO BELLOW 'LIFE'...AND MY THOUGHTS SO FAR ARE MANY, BUT THE ONE THING THAT FOR ME 'POPS' IS READING THE WORD ON THE STONE...A WORD I HAVE SEEN ON MANY STONES, BUT SOMEHOW JOHN GRANTS SEEMS TO CAPTURE...THE WORD 'BORN'...
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