"The American Resting Place: Four Hundred Years of History through our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds" is a "curious, interesting, and surprisingly moving examination of the American practices of death ceremonies and burial ranging from pre-Jamestown Native-American burial mounds to our contemporary, industrialized methods." (Booklist, April 15, 2008)
Marilyn Yalom's sweeping text is accompanied by 64 full-page "elegant, transporting photographs" (SF Chronicle, May 18, 2008) taken by her son Reid Yalom. This mother-and-son team visited 250 cemeteries nationwide, following the paths of our immigrant ancestors from North to South and East to West. With their diverse religions and ethnicities, cemeteries offer "a means of surveying and understanding our past." (Library Journal, March 1, 2008) Issues of gender, race, and class are also interwoven into the text and photos.
Because there are "almost no decent surveys of American graveyards" and none with the scope of this one, "'The American Resting Place' fills a true need." (Newsweek, June 9, 2008)