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Living among headstones : life in a country cemetery

Author: Shannon Applegate
Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, ©2005.
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"In 1997, Shannon Applegate was bequeathed a small cemetery in western Oregon. The neglected five acres were not only the burial site for generations of her family but also the designated resting ground for many in the nearby, down-on-its-luck logging town. Living Among Headstones chronicles the author's experiences as sexton of this sacred land: she finds herself plotting graves, consoling families, and confronting  Read more...
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Named Person: Shannon Applegate
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shannon Applegate
ISBN: 156025677X 9781560256779 1560258470 9781560258476
OCLC Number: 60504594
Description: 312 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Burying My Friends --
Red Dirt --
God, She Is Thine --
Grave Goods --
Tenderness --
Breathing in Bosnia --
Dead End of Elm Street --
Fear of Trees --
Three Owls --
Naturalist's Cat --
Feasting the Dead --
Finger Pointing Upward --
Good-bye! Good-bye World! --
Little Stranger --
Blue Walls --
Stories Under Stones --
Amen --
Iconography on Headstones.
Responsibility: Shannon Applegate.
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In 1997, Applegate was bequeathed a small cemetery in western Oregon, and shefinds herself taking charge of this sacred land by plotting graves, consolingfamilies, and confronting the funeral  Read more...

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