73rd out of 154 books — 59 voters
Forever Dixie: A Field Guide to Southern Cemeteries & Their Residents
When author/photographer Douglas Keister's book Stories in Stone came out in 2004, Sunset magazine stated, "Keister has done for cemetery exploration what Audubon did for birding." Since then, cemetery fans have been clamoring for more. Keister has answered them with Forever Dixie, an exploration of thirteen of the South's best cemeteries and forty notable southerners who...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 13th 2008 by Gibbs Smith
(first published September 1st 2008)
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I bought "Forever Dixie: A Field Guide to Southern Cemeteries & Their Residents" from Amazon in 2010. I didn't get around to reading it until May 2012, four months later I've finished this fascinating book. Forever Dixie chronicles thirteen of the most well known cemeteries south of the Mason-Dixon line, and their more well-known permanent residents. Beginning with Metairie Cemetery, in New Orleans, Louisiana and ending with Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard, in Tuscumbia, Alabama.
As a taphophile and a history buff, I was pleased to find that both of my passions were satisfied in this lovely little book. Every Southern state gets fair representation with a mention of their most well known cemetery and its inhabitants, and the author goes into painstaking detail as he points out family ties within the graveyard. For example, if you have a soft spot for Civil War hero PGT Beauregard, then you'll be pleased to see photos and a description of the beautiful work of art commiss...more
Photographer-writer Douglas Keister, has authored and co-authored thirty-six 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.More about Douglas Keister...