Tombs and Tomes

This is such a wonderful idea. Cemeteries are full of stories. Why not honor them by sharing more stories?

Congressional Cemetery News

Book Club copy Oddly enough, there are a few cemeteries that host book clubs. Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia has Boneyard Bookworms, and Historic Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC has Read in Peace. A book club in a cemetery must have a clever name, and the title of our nascent book club is Tombs and Tomes.

So far, we’ve met three times and discussed three very different books. Stiff, a hilarious book by Mary Roach, dealt with cadavers and the ways in which they have been used in history and in science. Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson, delved into the terrifying mind of serial killer H.H. Holmes in conjunction with the production and creation of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Last night, we discussed Assassination Vacation, Sarah Vowell’s humorous exploration of three presidential assassinations.

The discussions have been lively, due in part to the requisite wine but…

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