Hollywood Remains to Be Seen
A Guide to the Movie Stars' Final Homes

The CemeteryGuide E-Book Series

Each e-book is a guide to a specific cemetery, and includes a detailed history of the cemetery, as well as specific, easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions to find all the notable names buried there, plus extensive personal and professional biographies for all of your favorite departed celebrities.

The advantage of an e-book is that you can have all the information you need to tour a specific cemetery, at your own pace, but you won't attract unwanted attention by carrying around a large, bulky guide book.

All you need is your e-book reader, and most cemetery security guards won't have any idea what that is. You'll look like you're just checking your email. After all, you don't want to look like a nosey tourist, do you?

(At some cemeteries, obvious grave-hunting visitors are usually asked to leave. It pays to be discreet. Trust me on that.)

And if you follow the simple directions, you're certain to find whoever you're looking for. It's just like visiting the cemetery with a professional tour guide, but a whole lot cheaper.

Plus, the e-books will be updated whenever there's a new and notable addition to the cemetery, so you won't have to buy a new edition of a book. You can just download the latest version of the e-book! How cool is that?

And even if you never visit a cemetery, you'll enjoy these e-books for their historical and biographical information about your favorite celebrities. They're great for any fans of Hollywood or film history.

The following e-book guides are currently e-vailable:

             Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Glendale -- Amazon for Kindle, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Kobo Books, and Oyster.

             Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills -- Amazon for Kindle, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Kobo Books, and Oyster.

             Hollywood Forever -- Amazon for Kindle, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Kobo Books, and Oyster.

             Westwood Memorial Park -- Amazon for Kindle.

             Calvary Cemetery -- Amazon for Kindle, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Kobo Books, and Oyster.

             Home of Peace Cemetery -- Amazon for Kindle, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Kobo Books, and Oyster.

             Valhalla Cemetery -- Amazon for Kindle, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Kobo Books, and Oyster.

             Holy Cross Cemetery -- Amazon for Kindle, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Kobo Books, and Oyster.

More e-books and more purchasing options are coming soon. For more information, visit my author page at Smashwords

Chicago's Graceland Cemetery

Now available for Amazon Kindle, and soon to be available for lots of other e-book readers, is this new guidebook to Chicago's beautiful and historic Graceland Cemetery.

No, it's not Hollywood and there aren't any movie or TV stars buried there. But Graceland was designed from the start, more than 150 years ago, with a focus on landscape architecture, to be a pastoral work of art. More than 50 before Hubert Eaton revolutionized the cemetery industry with his "memorial park" concept at Forest Lawn in Glendale, Calif., the owners of Graceland hired the nation's most acclaimed landscape architects to work on the property. In addition to the beauty of the grounds, Graceland also features some of the most incredibly beautiful, massive and lavish grave memorials.

Chicago -- the "City of the Big Shoulders," according to Carl Sandburg -- is in many ways the most unique and genuinely American of all American cities. Proud, sprawling, tough, industrious, artistic, powerful, sinful and influential, Chicago was one of the nation's largest and most important cities when it spectacularly burned to the ground in 1871, and then quickly rose up from the ashes to become even bigger and stronger.

Chicago's Graceland Cemetery perfectly reflects the city, its history and its residents, and contains the final resting places of some of the city's -- and the world's -- most notable names in business, architecture, politics and sports. Buried on its grounds are Chicago's first white settler, four former Chicago mayors, two former Illinois governors, a former chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, two world heavyweight boxing champions, and a statue of a beautiful little girl that reportedly wanders around the cemetery during thunderstorms.

This book provides a detailed history of the cemetery, as well as a walking tour to the final resting places of nearly three dozen people who made Chicago the city it is today, as well as detailed biographies.

The Chicagoans buried here are the names that will forever be associated with the city, the men who designed and built Chicago, and then rebuilt it from the ashes. The men who created the businesses that will forever be associated with Chicago, and the men after whom many of the city streets are named -- Palmer, Field, Pullman, Kimball, Sullivan, Goodman, Wacker, Armour, McCormick, Medill, Lawson and so many others.

For many of Chicago's wealthiest and most powerful residents who now rest forever at Graceland, their graves are almost unbelievably ornate and lavish, massive and powerful displays of marble, granite and bronze. As they did with their residences, they hired the city's top architects to design their tombs -- often spending more on their tombs than many of the city's residents did on their homes. Graceland is often referred to as the "Cemetery of Architects," both because it contains the final resting places of a large number of well-known and influential members of that profession, and because so many of the impressive and notable tombs and mausoleums within its walls are architecturally significant. In some cases, the architect and his work are both here.

And how many cemeteries can boast a private mausoleum that has been officially designated as a city landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places - and not because of the person interred inside, but because of the mausoleum's architectural design?

Chicago's early movers and shakers had an image and a reputation of success and achievement at the highest levels, and they wanted their memorials to reflect that, for eternity. What they were in life, so they would be in death -- forever.

Also available from Barnes & Noble for Nook, Kobo Books, and Oyster.

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