Monthly Archives: May 2011

A big, big book of New Orleans cemetery photographs

Consecrated Ground: Funerary Art of New Orleans by Lisa L Cook My rating: 4 of 5 stars If you truly love someone, impress her with this magnificent book. It’s 12×15 inches and chock full of black-and-white photos of grave monuments … Continue reading

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Inside Metairie Cemetery

Metairie Cemetary: An Historic Memoir by Henri A. Gandolfo My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s always fascinating to visit a graveyard with an insider. Mr. Gandalfo had a unique perspective on this New Orleans cemetery: he began working there … Continue reading

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Cemetery of the Week #16: Metairie Cemetery

Metairie Cemetery 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. New Orleans, Louisiana 70124 Telephone: (504) 486-6331 Founded: 1872 Size: 150 acres Number of interments: More than 4500, according to Findagrave. Open: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm daily New Orleans’s Metairie Cemetery opened in 1872 … Continue reading

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The most beautiful book of New Orleans photos

Elysium: A Gathering of Souls: New Orleans Cemeteries by Sandra Russell Clark My rating: 5 of 5 stars Andrei Codrescu’s foreword (“A Trumpet in Heaven”) begins by meditating on cemeteries as a final address, where the dead are always available … Continue reading

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Grave Offerings in New Orleans

The Reposed by William K. Greiner My rating: 3 of 5 stars Most books of gravestone photographs focus on monuments to the wealthy. For the most part, William Greiner turns his camera on mementos left on the graves of the … Continue reading

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