222 Cemeteries To See Before You Die

Black Dog & Leventhal. Aug. 2024. 272p. ISBN 9780762486021. $32. TRAV
Gothic Beauty cemetery columnist and Cemetery Travel blogger Rhoads (Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel) delivers an exceptional travel guide of many of the world’s most distinctive cemeteries. She asserts that cemeteries are more than burial grounds; they are sculpture parks and homes to one-of-a-kind artwork that showcases the beauty and tragedy of the human tradition involved with burying and paying tribute to the dead. The book takes readers—with plenty of color photographs and stories—through both well-known and off-the-beaten-path locales in various continents and islands. Featured cemeteries include Rome’s Il Cimitero Acattolico, where poets John Keats is buried; Japan’s largest cemetery, Okunoin, which has more than 200,000 tombstones and more than 10,000 eternally lit lanterns; and 220 more throughout the world. She also covers the condition of the burial sites that are reflective of changing times and economic conditions.
VERDICT This excellent title is chock-full of fascinating tidbits about graves, burial grounds, mausoleums, and more. It will circulate well, and general readers and serious cemetery-trekking travelers will keep it flying off of displays.
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