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"Rhoads is particularly adept at finding deeper meanings in what she sees, and the questions she puts to the reader about the places she visits can gently guide us in our own search for meaning in the places we encounter. If you've struggled to explain your love of burial grounds to others, this may be a great way to help them understand."--LisaMary Wichowski, The Association of Graveyard Rabbits Online Journal
 
"Loren Rhoads started visiting cemeteries by accident. It was the start of a love affair with cemeteries that continues to this day. In Wish You Were Here, Rhoads blends history with storytelling and her photos accompany each essay."--American Cemetery magazine
 
"Wish You Were Here captures well why many of us find cemeteries fascinating: because of the history and stories of so many interesting people buried there!"--Richard Waterhouse, Waterhouse Symbolism Newsletter

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I started visiting graveyards by accident. A series of missed connections during the first Gulf War resulted in an unanticipated layover in London, where I just happened to pick up Victorian Valhalla, a guidebook to Highgate Cemetery. My husband Mason wanted to visit the graveyard because John Gay's photos made it look so pretty. In fact, Highgate was ravishing, full of dramatic marble angels taking wing.
 
As it happened, one graveyard led to another. Mason and I decided to visit Pere Lachaise in Paris because so many famous people came to rest there. As we wandered, we accidentally discovered my favorite grave marker in all the world: shackled in the granite, Prometheus raises one fist against the gods. If that doesn't sum up my feeling about death, I don't know what might.
 
So I started looking at graveyards because they were pretty, then because famous people rested there. I quickly learned that practically anonymous gravestones tell the best stories. I developed a fascination with history, as reflected in burial grounds, which led to studying trends in mortuary decoration. You can say I'm obsessed. I don't mind.
 
In my travels, I've discovered that graveyards are really very fragile. All it takes is a windstorm, a flood, or a lightning bolt to do irreparable harm, not to mention the kind of damage a determined teenager can do. Cemeteries are vulnerable if they are not visited. My mission is to get people to go. The least I can do for the pleasure cemeteries have given me is to inspire and encourage other people to visit for themselves.

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  • File Size: 1305 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484197275
  • Publisher: Western Legends Press; First edition (June 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E5RUY64
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Loren Rhoads is the author of THE DANGEROUS TYPE, KILL BY NUMBERS, and NO MORE HEROES, the parts of a space opera trilogy called IN THE WAKE OF THE TEMPLARS coming from Nightshade Books in 2015.

She's also the author of WISH YOU WERE HERE: ADVENTURES IN CEMETERY TRAVEL, co-author (with Brian Thomas) of the novel AS ABOVE, SO BELOW, and editor of THE HAUNTED MANSION PROJECT: YEAR TWO.

For 10 years, Loren edited the cult nonfiction magazine Morbid Curiosity. From the magazine, she distilled her favorite essays into MORBID CURIOSITY CURES THE BLUES: True Stories of the Unsavory, Unwise, Unorthodox and Unusual, which was published by Scribner.

She likes long walks in the moonlight and old graveyards.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R Henry on February 16, 2015
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Thoroughly enjoyed this. If you wish to visit cemetaries world-wide this book provides an excellent guide. Richly describes and provides the background for the known and unknown. From the Catacombs of Paris to Yosemite Park the author takes you on a tour that makes you feel that you were there. Recommend highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 7, 2015
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Great read for cemetery aficionados. Each chapter contains information about the cemetery and personal reflections from the author. Very good, brief history lessons and a great way to visit cemeteries you may not get to or have the courage to visit (i.e. Hiroshima, Japan). Highly recommend.
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