Death’s Garden contributor: Carrie Sessarego

Death’s Garden contributor: Carrie Sessarego

Death’s Garden contributor: Carrie Sessarego

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Death’s Garden contributor: Carrie Sessarego

I met Carrie Sessarego at one of my local science fiction conventions. I think it was Con-volution, but it might have been FogCon or BayCon… We’ve run into each other a lot!

Officially, Carrie Sessarego is a reviewer for Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. Her first book, Pride, Prejudice, and Popcorn: TV and Film Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, and Jane Eyre, was released in 2014.

Her essay “Never Let Your Feet Get Cold” was originally published here on Cemetery Travel. It’s about her family graveyard in Three Rivers, California, where Carrie herself plans to eventually be buried.

What’s your favorite thing to do in a cemetery?

I’m going to cheat and give two answers: Look at the older markers and eat! Buffalo Pizza and Ice Cream is right across the street from Saint Joseph’s Cemetery in Sacramento, California, and eating pizza and ice cream in the cemetery is one of my favorite date things to do with my husband.

Tell me about your favorite cemetery.

Three Rivers Cemetery in Three Rivers, California, is tucked into the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. It is a beautiful setting, but it’s my favorite cemetery because so many of my relatives are buried there. My essay in Death’s Garden Revisited is about this place.

Is there a cemetery or gravesite you’ve always wanted to visit?

Saint Michaels and All Angels Churchyard, Haworth, U.K. I’m a Bronte fan!

The Bronte parsonage (now a museum) as seen from the cemetery, Haworth, West Yorkshire, England. Postcard from my collection.

What would your epitaph be?

I’d like this Kurt Vonnegut quote: Damn it, you’ve got to be kind.

Do you have a favorite song about cemeteries or graveyards?

The Unquiet Grave by Solas

The contributors to Death’s Garden Revisited put together a playlist of their favorite cemetery songs. You can check it out on Spotify: 

You can treat yourself to a copy of Death’s Garden Revisited:

  • in fully illustrated paperback or hardcover on Blurb.com
  • or as a color ebook for your kindle on Amazon.

You can also download a free copy of the Reader’s Guide from Bookfunnel. It includes discussion/contemplation questions, an interview with the editor, and a game to introduce readers to cemetery symbolism and encourage them to visit.

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