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The Art of Memory: Historic Cemeteries of Grand Rapids, Michigan
by Thomas R. Dilley

2015 Michigan Notable Book Award Winner
2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist in the Regional Non-Fiction category
2015 Midwest Book Awards Finalist in the Coffee Table Books category
2014 Foreword INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Gold Medal Winner in the category of Architecture

"This important addition to our local history is filled with insights into the ways that the residents of one midwestern city expressed their ideas of death and honoring the dead through landscape, art, and architecture."
– Rebecca Smith-Hoffman, current chairman of the Grand Rapids Historical Commission and a partner in Past Perfect, a consulting firm specializing in historic preservation and historic research

"The Art of Memory is an amazing walk through the cemeteries of Grand Rapids. What lies beneath the beautifully landscaped and sculpted monument-lined rows are stories that speak louder than one can possibly imagine. Dilley’s skill in telling the history of Grand Rapids’ past residents is equal to his remarkable knowledge of them. The voices of those long ago will definitely speak to you in this outstanding book."
– Sheila Pantlind, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Aquinas College

Boneyards: Detroit Under Ground
by Richard Bak

2010 ForeWord Book of the Year - Winner of the silver medal in the Regional category

"It may seem a bit macabre to devote an entire volume to metro Detroit's cemeteries, funerals, and burial customs through the years, but Richard Bak's Boneyards avoids ghoulishness, treating death as a natural and inevitable component in the cycle of life. His tone is respectful, but an occasional irreverence leavens his otherwise gloomy-seeming subject. Numerous photographs, both vintage and contemporary, illuminate the text....Boneyards may be concerned with the dearly departed, but the book is not without relevance; a recurring theme in the book is this: How we treat the dead says volumes about the living."
Hour Detroit Magazine, October 2010

The prolific Richard Bak has written about most living subjects in southeastern Michigan, so now he has turned his attention to death. Boneyards: Detroit Under Ground is a fascinating look at how we have died in Detroit going back to 1701. With Bak's excellent research and writing, and numerous historic and contemporary photos, Boneyards is quirky, interesting, haunting and, yes, lively."
– Bill McGraw, co-editor of The Detroit Almanac


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