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Tombs and Tomes is Congressional Cemetery’s book club.

We meet every other month on the second Tuesday in our historic Chapel, and we discuss primarily non-fiction books. (We meet the following Wednesday virtually)

Our book selections have no rhyme and reason; however, our choices tend to stray towards the macabre, as is natural for a cemetery book club. Our very first meeting was in September 2013 and we chose to read Stiff, by Mary Roach.

It’s free to join, and mostly free to attend. For each in-person meeting, we simply ask that you bring either a $5 donation or a bit of food or wine to share with the group. Extra points for brownies!

This month:

Selection: Ghosts And The Japanese: Cultural Experience in Japanese Death Legends

By: Michiko Iwasaka and Barre Toelken

The Japanese have ambivalent attitudes toward death, deeply rooted in pre-Buddhist traditions. In this scholarly but accessible work, authors Iwasaka and Toelken show that everyday beliefs and customs–particularly death traditions–offer special insight into the living culture of Japan

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