What we’re reading: Dead in Good Company

Great Horned Owl in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, by Brian Hilsmeyer.
Great Horned Owl in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, by Brian Hilsmeyer.
Dead in Good Company: A Celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetery, edited by John Harrison and Kim Nagy (Ziggy Owl Press, August 2015).
Dead in Good Company, edited by John Harrison and Kim Nagy.

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.

Mt. Auburn Cemetery website.

See a Piping Plover photographed by Kim Nagy.

Read our review of Douglas Chickering’s collected essays about birding.

Read about more books about birds and birdwatching.

 

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