by Diana Schneidmanon
If you enjoy books about cemeteries (and I do, honestly!), you’ll love Chicago Eternal by Larry Broutman. The book is a beautiful coffee-table-style volume on heavy paper stock with photographs—mostly in color—of impressive monuments in the city’s finest historic graveyards. The visuals are accompanied by well-researched information on the individuals and families represented.
Some of the city’s permanent “residents” are well known. Famous names include Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens, Oscar F. Mayer of meat-packing fame, and Cyrus Hall McCormick, inventor of a reaper that revolutionized agriculture in the 1800s. Others are not celebrated but passed away as young children or have an especially striking gravestone.
The book even comes with 3-D paper glasses that add to the fun. So sit back and enjoy!...Continua
Did you know that Al Capone’s remains had to be moved and encased in concrete because his grave and headstone kept getting vandalized, or that Cubs fans can have their ashes stowed in the Wrigley Field columbarium (a replica of the Wrigley Field outfield wall)? "Chicago Eternal" is chalked full of fascinating facts about the final resting places of Chicago’s famous and notorious, as well as heart-warming tales of former Windy City residents who didn’t make the history books. Larry Broutman really digs in deep and makes his reader look at Chicago’s cemeteries in a whole new way in his newly released coffee table book. The information is certainly interesting, but it is the photographs that will really take your breath away. All are in full color in this very large, hardcover that is sure to be a collector’s item. Plus, Larry gives all his book earnings to Chicago charities, so this a purchase you can really feel good about....Continua