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Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel

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Almost every tourist destination has a graveyard. You go to Yosemite National Park: there’s a graveyard. You go to Maui: graveyards everywhere you look. The Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park: both graveyards. The number one tourist destination in Michigan has three cemeteries. America’s best-preserved Gold Rush ghost town has five. Gett ...more
Paperback, 1st, 332 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Western Legends Press
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Sue
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really an interesting and enjoyable read. As one who loves exploring old cemeteries, and has done so with two GR friends who happened to visit Massachusetts, this was a particularly exciting find. There is a small colonial era burial ground in the town next to mine which I visited with one friend. With the other, I visited Author’s Ridge in the fine old cemetery at Concord MA. In Wish You Were Here, the author presents a combination of objective information about burial grounds, cemeteries of ma ...more
Teresa
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I may be considered weird by some people, but I love roaming around cemeteries. The older the better. I have had an account for years on findagrave.com for years and have posted thousands of photos and added numerous people. I think my family got me started at a very young age when every year on Memorial Day we all loaded up and headed to all the cemeteries we had family buried in and laid flowers on all the graves then had a huge family picnic at the one cemetery my Grand Father donated the lan ...more
Loren
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is my new book, so I'm biased. I'm glad to answer questions about cemeteries and travel, if you have any.
Kellye
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a giveaway, and I danced for delight when it landed on my porch. I love, love, love graveyards and anyone who loves them. However, then I shook myself and prepared to give the book a fair and objective read so that I could write a review that did it justice. It was hard. Loren Rhoads writes well and easily draws you into her delight in the history and humanity of graveyards. I immediately wished for more pictures of the features that she describes so well (It's hard to imagine ...more
Carole Tyrrell
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is my second reading of this book and as I’m a confirmed taphophile – lover of cemeteries – I devoured and enjoyed it all over again.
What makes people want to visit cemeteries? They’re just full of dead people right?
Well, yes they are but they also contain much more than that as far as I’m concerned. They’re repositories of local history, a wildlife haven, a place of serenity and peace and also perhaps a place for you to meet your ancestors.
The author, Loren Rhoads, who is a hero of mine,
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Joshua
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cemetery-books
I finally finished "Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel" by Loren Rhoads. Wish You Were Here is not your typical cemetery/grave hunting book where the author guides you through the cemeteries and chronicles the graves of noteworthy, famous or infamous personalities buried in them.
This book is is a collection of about thirty-four travel essays based around cemeteries around the world. Loren relays her impression on those cemeteries with thought provoking insightful commentary. With
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Leilani
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I bought this book as a present for someone I know who is a cemetery historian, but it sat for so long as I waited to see her again that I finally read it myself before handing it off. I enjoy checking out cemeteries, and have been to several she covered in the book. My 2nd favorite cemetery was included (Green-Wood in NYC), as was one near my hometown which my dad and his friends got drunk in growing up! They probably did some of the damage Rhoads was so bummed about witnessing. Jerks!
I really
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Jennifer
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm really bad about updating my Goodreads. Read this a few months ago. I have enjoyed Loren's work (fiction, essays, blog) ever since we met in a writing class some years ago, and this collection is no exception. Perhaps I didn't read it the way the author intended (front to back), but I loved dipping into the essays at random, savoring a visit to one cemetery or another, often at bedtime.
Mason Jones
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm biased about this book, but given that it's a collection of essays about visiting cemeteries around the world, how could it not be good anyway?
Ann
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As the author, Loren Rhoads points out there is a cemetery everywhere you go. With the popularity of Genealogy now taking over the country, cemetery's are popular places to visit as a destination. I grew up in a caretaker family of a small cemetery and as I mowed grass in the summers I would read a lot of tombstones. As I got older I could put families together from around the various plots. Loren Rhoads gives a thorough sometimes funny account of visits around the country and the world. This a ...more
Cat
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love visiting old cemeteries, the headstones, mausoleums, crypts and often times the people buried in them , are so worthy of a visit! Loren Rhodes has now added to my bucket list of cemeteries to visit. Why not take a peek at this book and try to visit a few yourself? Most places have pioneer cemeteries, and larger cities over times have amazing and historical cemeteries right near by. Some cemeteries even offer tours.Really bring history alive for children to see the graves of people they re ...more
Vnunez-Ms_luv2read
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I found this book to be very good and enjoyable!!! The subject matter is a bit different, but the writing and infomation draws you in. i think this is a book that many will shy away from due to the subject matter. Do not do that. You will b e missing out on a good read. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.
Valerie - Cats Luv Coffee
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love cemeteries. They are wonderful destinations of introspection and peace. I, like the author, enjoy rambling clusters of monument and headstones. Flat, manicured graves don't have the same character and as such, hold no appeal. In the same way, I enjoy reading books that allow the reader to transport themselves into whatever destination is being recounted. The author gives such descriptions in "Wish You Were Here" that the reader has no trouble visualizing each place traveled.

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Fizzgig
Oct 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Probably a good book just not the right reader.

I love the idea of this book. I love graveyards and often wonder about the people gravestones represent. Who were they, who misses them, who comes to see them after they are dead, and other such musings. I love the author's opening and explaining how the book came into being. After the first two stories, I just felt like the book wasn't for bedtime reading.

I almost always read books while going to bed. The book reads like a textbook sometimes. You r
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Dana
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was okay, but I wish it had been more historical, more informative and less self-important.
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Valerie - Cats Luv Coffee
I love cemeteries. They are wonderful destinations of introspection and peace. I, like the author, enjoy rambling clusters of monument and headstones. Flat, manicured graves don't have the same character and as such, hold no appeal.
In the same way, I enjoy reading books that allow the reader to transport themselves into whatever destination is being recounted. The author gives such descriptions in "Wish You Were Here" that the reader has no trouble visualizing each place traveled. Each location
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Loren is the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel.

She's co-author of Lost Angels and its sequel Angelus Rose, coming in 2019.

She is also the author of the space opera In the Wake of the Templars trilogy. All three books -- The Dangerous Type, Kill By Numbers, and No More Heroes -- came out in 2015.