Mount Auburn Cemetery, the first landscaped rural cemetery in the United States, has always resisted easy description. Both a National Historic Landmark and an Important Bird Area, it serves not only as final resting place for 90,000 souls, including many of Boston’s elite, but also as a renowned horticultural collection and an equally famous migrant trap where eBirders have reported 224 species.
This book celebrates all aspects of the cemetery, not just birds, but features some of our favorite birders, including author and tour leader Peter Alden, Talkin’ Birds host Ray Brown, “Words on Birds” columnist Douglas Chickering, Ludlow Griscom Award recipient Wayne Peterson, and photographer Kim Nagy. Her beautiful work has appeared in our magazine and on this website.
What we’re reading
Dead in Good Company: A Celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetery, edited by John Harrison and Kim Nagy, Ziggy Owl Press, August 2015, 320 pages, $23.95 paper, $9.95 Kindle.
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