What is the Cypress Lawn Book Club?

We entertain a wide-ranging selection of books with a general emphasis on Bay Area history and cemetery/funeral topics. Novels on the subject are on our radar. We also explore the lives and times of people resting at Cypress Lawn. There are many authors, famous personalities, and unique characters here to serve as reading inspiration, such as William Randolph Hearst, San Francisco Mayor Joe Alioto, Eddie Fisher, Steve Silver (creator of “Beach Blanket Babylon”), Gustave Niebaum (founder of Inglenook Winery), Charles Howard (owner of the racehorse Seabiscuit), James Flood, and prominent Hell’s Angels. Come and bring your recommendations.


When and Where to Meet

We convene on the third Thursday of every month at 11 am. There are no reservations for the events and you can attend even if you haven’t read the designated book. Help choose the next book.  Meet us in the Lobby at the main Cypress Lawn Building at 1370 El Camino Real, Colma. The sessions last an hour to an hour and a half. You can contact me personally for more information at [email protected] or 650.550.8812.


Feb. 20


Sympathy for the Devil: The Emmanuel Baptist
Murders of Old San Francisco
by Virginia A. McConnell



“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”

– Ray Bradbury