This book was published in 2012. I bought it in 2016, unaware it was going to be updated in December. Make sure you by the most recent version.
She perThis book was published in 2012. I bought it in 2016, unaware it was going to be updated in December. Make sure you by the most recent version.
She persuaded me to join LinkedIn, but I needed more examples of what I should be writing on my profile. I'm not sure how to apply the instructions she gives to the redesign of LinkedIn, but if I had a model of what my profile should look like, I could match it.
I fully admit that I am tech-challenged, but I've managed to set up and update my Facebook, Twitter, and blog on my own years ago. I was hoping that the book would be more inspirational and less technical, particularly since the tech changes so quickly. Examples of good tweets and great Facebook updates would have been useful.
Lee Striga is a Hollywood stuntwoman who gets injured during a movie shoot and has to step back to reassess her life. It takes her a bit to figure outLee Striga is a Hollywood stuntwoman who gets injured during a movie shoot and has to step back to reassess her life. It takes her a bit to figure out how to get back up on the horse, but in the end, Lee is a force worth reckoning with. She's fierce, not afraid to throw herself in harm's way, and quick to protect everyone without worrying about herself. I adore her.
The inside view of low-budget horror films is fascinating, but what really made the book for me was Dana's deft creation of characters. She writes people who are just likable. Some of my favorite parts of the book are when the women Lee meets just hang out and go to the mermaid bar to chat.
This was the perfect airplane read. I was entirely absorbed throughout a cross-country flight. What a fascinating world Dana has created! I can't wait for the next book. ...more
Every graveyard needs a book like this: a little history, a little architecture, a bit of gossip, and a self-guided walking tour or two.
For the most pEvery graveyard needs a book like this: a little history, a little architecture, a bit of gossip, and a self-guided walking tour or two.
For the most part, I am woefully uneducated about Australian history. Because of that, I found the information about the Victoria Gold Rush, the return of the "diggers" to settle in Melbourne, and the early exploration of the continent to be quite fascinating. The labor struggles and political battles were also new to me. Best of all were the opinionated biographies of the people buried here.
The Melbourne General Cemetery itself had an unusual history, with this management overseen by religious leaders -- and its monuments approved by religious censors -- that stands in contrast to the rural and garden cemeteries that I'm more familiar with.
The only reason I'm withholding one star from this book is that there are too few photographs and those included rarely rise above overexposed snapshots. They don't do justice to this atmospheric old place.
This was a great addition to my cemetery collection....more
It's not easy to find books about Australian cemeteries in the US. This one is currently going for over $200 on Amazon, although I paid much less on eIt's not easy to find books about Australian cemeteries in the US. This one is currently going for over $200 on Amazon, although I paid much less on ebay. I don't know if this indicates a lack of Australian cemetery books in general or if they just aren't being marketed to the American cemetery aficionado scene.
As cemetery books go, this one is fairly comprehensive, if a little dry. It offers color images of the landscape and grave markers (although it could certainly have more). It has images from historical ephemera. It has page after page of black and white photographs of the cemetery in its prime.
It's scattered with the kind of historical tidbits I like, like the first burials in each division of the necropolis. The book has whole section on the artistic and architectural styles on display in Rookwood. There are also chapters on the Rookwood Cemetery railroad line, the family of stonemasons who worked in the cemetery for four generations, and the landscape design, with a focus on the original plants that survive.
The Sleeping City could use much more information on the characters buried in Rookwood. There's barely a mention of Ruby Elizabeth Sterio Adams, who died in 1982, and whose gravestone honors her as Queen of the Gypsies. The chapter profiling people buried here isn't even 30 pages long. The listings skew Anglo and male.
Since this year is the sesquicentennial of Rookwood Necropolis, I hope a new guide is on its way....more
A beautifully illustrated, full-color hard cover guide to cemeteries around the world that are worthy of your bucket list. I'm the author, so of coursA beautifully illustrated, full-color hard cover guide to cemeteries around the world that are worthy of your bucket list. I'm the author, so of course I'm biased, but I can't wait for the world to see it!...more
The key to this book is the byline on the cover: Retold by Tom Ogden. Rather than presenting his research as straight nonfiction or inserting himselfThe key to this book is the byline on the cover: Retold by Tom Ogden. Rather than presenting his research as straight nonfiction or inserting himself into the narratives and writing a kind of creative nonfiction memoir, Ogden invents a new character to tell each tale. In consequence, the chapters read much more like fiction, making this a collection of ghost stories rather than a research text.
The first five chapters explore the area in and around Chicago, hitting the expected stops: Resurrection Cemetery, Bachelor's Grove, Graceland. The next 13 chapters breeze through the rest of the US. Four chapters concentrate on Southern California, before moving up to Stull (the Gateway to Hell), spending two chapters in New Orleans, visiting Poe's grave, hitting two Civil War battlefields, stopping off in Salem, and ending up in Maine.
Some of the subject choices are tenuous: The ghosts of St. Augustine are ignored for the story of Carl Tanzler, who lived with the corpse of one of his patients. The story is an anomaly, since it is written as a straight nonfiction article.
The rest of the world is covered in the final seven chapters, which waver between nonfiction articles and fictionalized stories. The subject matter is mostly what you'd expect: the Highgate Vampire, King Tut's curse, the Paris catacombs. I liked the chapters that ranged farther afield: the "Capering Coffins of Christ Church" in Barbados, Tiskhvin Cemetery in St. Petersburg (where the Russian composers are buried), Gallipoli, and Devil's Island.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, despite the weird fictionalized way Ogden chose to convey its information....more