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Stories in Stone New York: A Field Guide to New York City Area Cemeteries & Their Residents Hardcover – October 1, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: GIbbs Smith (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423621026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423621027
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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STORIES in STONE NEW YORK WRITTEN and PHOTOGRAPHED BY DOUGLAS KEISTER

HERE IS A GUIDE for those who call the New York City area home and for those who live vicariously through and have studied the lives of the residents of its beautiful cemeteries. In fascinating stories and images, Douglas Keister provides GPS coordinates for most gravesites and discusses cemetery symbols, funerary architecture, secret societies and clubs, people, and even their dogs.

DOUGLAS KEISTER is based in Chico, California, and has authored more than thirty-five critically acclaimed books. He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to dozens of magazines, newspapers, books, calendars, posters, and greeting cards worldwide. His wealth of books on architecture has earned him the title, "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture." His book on cemetery symbolism, Stories in the Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism, has garnered a number of glowing reviews. Sunset magazine said, “Keister has done for cemetery exploration what Audubon did for birding.” Keister has also authored additional cemetery guides titled Forever Dixie and Forever L.A. You can visit him on the web at www.douglaskeister.com.

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COME ALONG ON A JOURNEY through time and history that includes GPS coordinates and a comprehensive guide to the cemeteries of the five boroughs of New York City and southern Westchester County.

THE BIG FOUR

• Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn • Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx • Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Sleepy Hollow

MANHATTAN CHURCHYARDS & RESTING PLACES

• The Holy Trinitys • St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery • St. Patrick’s Cathedral Crypts • Grant’s Tomb

HUMANE REMAINS

• Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, Hartsdale

ETERNAL EXCURSIONS

• Calvary Cemetery, Woodside • Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn • Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale • Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne • Moravian Cemetery, Staten Island • St. Raymond’s Old and New Cemeteries, Schuylerville


More About the Author

Photographer-writer Douglas Keister, has authored and co-authored forty-two critically acclaimed books. He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to dozens of magazines, newspapers, books, calendars, posters and greeting cards worldwide.

His twenty-five books on architecture include five books on Victorian homes (Daughter's of Painted Ladies, Painted Ladies Revisited, America's Painted Ladies, Victorian Glory and 500 Victorians); twelve books on bungalow homes (The Bungalow, Inside the Bungalow, Outside the Bungalow, 500 Bungalows and eight small format books on bungalow details), a book on 1920's whimsical homes (Storybook Style) a book about cemetery art and architecture (Going Out in Style), a book on Spanish architecture, (Red Tile Style), four books on cottage (Classic Cottages, Inside Classic Cottages, Cottages and 500 Cottages a book on cemetery architecture (Going Out in Style) and a book on Courtyards. Keister photographed and wrote an award winning children's book (Fernando's Gift), has two monographs of his personal work (Black Rock and Driftwood Whimsy), and four books on classic recreational vehicles, Ready to Roll, Silver Palaces, Mobile Mansions and Teardrops and Tiny Trailers. His wealth of books on architecture has earned him the title, "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture". His book on cemetery symbolism, Stories in the Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography, has garnered a number of glowing reviews.

He photographed and wrote a bilingual children's books in China, To Grandmother's House: A Visit to Old-Town Beijing (January 2008). He had three books come out in fall 2008, Forever Dixie (a book on southern cemeteries), Teardrops and Tiny Trailers and a book featuring his collection of glass negatives. Lincoln in Black and White 1910-1925.

His thirty-eighth book, Forever LA which features cemeteries in the Los Angeles Area was published in May 2010. His thirty-ninth book, Stories in Stone New York: A Field Guide to New York City Cemeteries and Their Residents was released in October 2011 by Gibbs Smith Publisher.

In the mid 2000s, Doug began writing novels, including Desiree, Autumn in Summer, Molly in the Afternoon (writing as Suzanne Hartley) and a memoir about growing up in Nebraska titled Heart-Land:Growing up in the Middle of Everything. His most recent novel, Bullets, Baubles and Bones came out in May 2014.

Doug frequently gives presentations in conjunction with his books and speaks at related events. In the past few years he has lectured in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Spokane, Kansas City, Boston, Houston, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Vermont, Winnemucca and Carson City, Nevada, Lincoln, Nebraska, Fort Wayne, Indiana, The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and the Tenement Museum and the Cooper-Union in New York. In October 2010 his cemetery books and photography were featured in a segment of CBS Sunday Morning. Correspondent Rita Braver called him "America's Chief Tombstone Tourist". SUNSET magazine said, "Keister has done for cemetery exploration what Audubon did for birding."

He lives in Chico, California.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Victoriana Lady Lisa on October 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Doug Keister delivers another awesome field guide for the cemetery enthusiast in Stories In Stone New York. It's a wonderful photographic study page after page with fascinating facts and stories. My favorite part is the GPS coordinates at the end of the book so that I can discover grave stones to my heart's content. Thanks Doug, you thought of everything to make this Taphophile happy!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CemGuy on October 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When you think of city tours in NYC, you think of the colorful double-decker buses or harbor boats zipping allong at breakneck speed. Not this time. Along with his infinite knowledge of cemetery symbolism and architecture, Douglas Keister takes us on a fascinating journey into the lives led behind many of the hidden and not so hidden tombs of NY. There was much I did not know and I was born and bred in NY. Thanks Doug, once again, for inviting us into your passion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By annieb on October 26, 2011
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This is the second book I've gotten by Douglas Keister, and I love this one just as much as the other, "Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography". My only gripe about this book is that it isn't longer!! The gorgeous photos, interesting histories of these graceful cemeteries and their inhabitants - all combine to a wonderful, informational, treat, to read. If you appreciate architecture, history, and/or cemeteries, this book fulfills all of these. I highly recommend this book!
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This book details my local cemeteries in a clear, concise way. Great pictures, history and explanations of the symbology of death. For those technically inclined, he even gives the GPS coordinates of each stone or mausoleum listed. Also try Forever Dixie for a southern version of the same thing.
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By Laura A. Bentley on February 9, 2013
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This is a great book to own.. Not only is it very informative and have lovely photos it also suggest views and angles for the budding cemetery photographer.
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