Mindstir Media author Don Van Nostrand’s new book garners rave reviews

November 13 10:05 2018

Stone Poets: Headstone Epitaphs: Ruminations, Recollections & Farewells by Don Van Nostrand has received high praise from reviewers. One 5-star review at Barnesandnoble.com praises the book: “I cannot recommend this fascinating, inspiring book highly enough. It’s a stunning photographic collection of tombstone epitaphs from New York and New England in days long past. Stone Poets spans 600+ pages and features photos of each epitaph accompanied by the poetic words on the opposite page. The book flows seamlessly and is a lasting tribute to the original authors of the gravestones…” 

An Amazon reviewer raved: “The book is impressive… I had tears in my eyes several times while reading these pages, and felt a deep connection to the departed souls memorialized in them… Prepare to be moved and inspired…” 

Don Van Nostrand was born and raised in Southampton, NY. His interest in tombstone epitaphs began as a youth while strolling the many Pre- and Post-Revolutionary War graveyards that dot the landscape of the South Fork of Long Island. These cemeteries were the last resting places of the original settlers and their descendants from Lynn, Massachusetts who, in 1640, broke free of their colony in New England.

It was a reverse migration that found Mr. Van Nostrand relocating to Portsmouth, NH in the early 1990’s, where he found himself in the center of the seemingly unending landscape of old cemeteries that are ubiquitous to the New England area. The transcription and capture of the poetic epitaphs that grace these granite and slate headstones became his passion. Preserving this dying art form and sharing them with the world before they succumbed to time and the elements became his calling. After an interruption of 13 years while working in the US Virgin Islands, Vancouver, Canada and Key West, FL, it was a chance assignment to Williston, VT in 2014 where he was able to expand his scope and to put the finishing touches on the book you now hold. 

Stone Poets: Headstone Epitaphs: Ruminations, Recollections & Farewells is available at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and other fine retailers worldwide. Wholesale orders can be placed through Ingram. 

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