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A Field Guide to the North American Family
A Field Guide to the North American Family: Concerning Chiefly the Hungates and Harrisons, with Accounts of Their Habits, Nesting, Dispersion, Etc., and Full Description of the Plumage of Both Adult and Young, Within a Taxonomic Survey of Several Aspects of Familial Life | Garth Risk Hallberg
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For years, the Hungates and the Harrisons have coexisted peacefully in the same Long Island neighborhood, enjoying all the fruits--and temptations--their suburban habitat has to offer. But when the patriarch of one family dies unexpectedly, the survivors face a stark imperative: adapt or face extinction. In 63 interlinked fictional vignettes and 63 accompanying photographs, Garth Risk Hallberg's literary debut cuts multiple paths through the lives of its characters. As readers reconstruct it--in any order--the fractured story of these two families becomes an improbable meditation on connection. Part postmodern experiment, part photo essay, part Choose Your Own Adventure, A Field Guide to the North American Family is an innovative and deeply personal addition to the lineage of the family novel. "In this stunningly beautiful, cross-referenced exploration of suburban intimacy, the story of two struggling families emerges gradually, achingly--and never the same way twice. Hallberg's prose is lacquered and precise, and the kaleidoscope of collected images forms a shifting, luminous backdrop. A perfect marriage between sculptured form and wondrous content. Read it. Now." Reif Larsen, author of The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet "A Field Guide to the North American Family reads like magic, like a private book of spells meant to keep away all the things that have already happened; each word and image matters. It's a gorgeous labyrinth of a book." Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances
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DarcysMom
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Dollar Tree find!
#novella #illustrated

Suet624 Nice! 4w
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drbethandherkindle
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First morning reading on the porch of our new 🏡 has been 💯 😍😍

emilyhaldi That must feel good!!! I‘m house hunting now and it‘s tough 😅 enjoy your new house ❤️ 8mo
Pamwurtzler How lovely! Wish I was there with you! 8mo
Mdargusch Fun 8mo
kitty_reads Looks excellent!! Can‘t wait to try it out 😊 8mo
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Crystalblu
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Pickpick

A strange but intriguing little book. Piecing together the story kept me flipping pages. #blamelitsy

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Phinfluenza
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Pickpick

A beautiful and tragic piece of art, this book is something to blaze through, ponder on, then reread in a different way. Multiple ways to read this sorry told in 63 interlinked vignettes each with an accompanying photograph makes this a cross between Choose Your Own Adventure, and purposefully planned out storytelling genius. I love this book... A lot.

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kyraleseberg
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Pickpick

A lovely illustrated novella that I devoured in one sitting. The design is what makes this story work. It's about the lives of two families intersecting and the tragedy that falls on each over time. The story unfolds with short paragraphs/summaries titled by guide words with cross references under a photograph.
I think this "field guide" was well executed and odd in the best way.

Wife I found this at #DollarTree. So glad to hear that it‘s a good read! 1y
mrozzz Yesssss LOVED this one ☺️ 1y
kyraleseberg @mrozzz You are totally the reason I Amazon Primed this book although I have shelves full waiting to be read! @Wife Wow, awesome Dollar Tree find!!! I'm excited to hear what you think of it! 1y
mrozzz Hehe 😉😁👌🏻 (edited) 1y
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kyraleseberg
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Starting a new book that was a total impulse / #blameitonlitsy purchase this month.
I had to display it with my fave Christmas decoration, a photo of Buzz's girlfriend.
"Buzz, your girlfriend... Woof!" ?

DebinHawaii That is hilarious! Best Christmas decoration ever! 🤣🤣🤣 1y
Rachbb3 😂😂😂 1y
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Lupita.Reads
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Thought provoking novella that comes to life with beautiful photographic images. It can be read from front to back or in a “choose your own path” style. It was definitely helpful to read this prior to Thanksgiving 😂. Would totally recommend checking out this unique piece of fiction! Did I mention it‘s a quick read too?!

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mrozzz
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"Secrets breed rapidly. In concentration they are the host organism for Rumor."

Such a ridiculously beautiful book! And I know one of the contributing photographers (it's a small world...).

I know not everyone will enjoy this, but as an artist and writer- this is my goal. Hallberg and Danielewski, they continue to create a niche which I'm going to contribute to ASAP.

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mrozzz
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GAH! Anyone remember "Choose Your Own Adventure" books? This is like those, with adult topics and laid out like an encyclopedia. Alphabetical snippets under titles like Divorce, Love, Youth, Innocence, entangle the Harrison and Hangate families. Perspectives switch but so does chronology. I read pages both at random and in order, engaged not only by photo illustrations but also the messy life Hallberg laid on the page.

I'm a forever fan. ??

Reviewsbylola Your nails are beautiful. 😍😍 2y
mrozzz @Reviewsbylola Thank you!!! ☺️ I take pride in them 2y
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mrozzz
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"Once highly localized in its Habits, the Home has become increasingly nomadic in the last century. It has been known to travel great distances to secure a source of the Mortgages on which it subsists."

Have I mentioned how much I love this book?? There's just something about both the tangibility that makes me so excited.

I am such a nerd ? could flip through gazing at and stroking the pages all day.

kyraleseberg I was so intrigued by your posts about this book, I just ordered it for Christmas even though I have about 50 TBR books on my shelf right now 🙈 1y
mrozzz Hehe!! @kyraleseberg but at least this one is a quick read and also a beautiful book to own 😏 1y
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mrozzz
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I LOVE Garth. His are exactly the kind of innovative novels I drool all over. 😍👌🏻

vivastory Is this the new edition? If you haven't read it, there's an interesting interview with him on LitHub 2y
mrozzz @vivastory yes it is! I didn't know of it until I heard of his launch event in Brooklyn a few weeks ago. I'll definitely look for the interview, thanks! 2y
vivastory I meant to add this to my Xmas list. I might have to buy this for myself. Definitely looks like a book to own 2y
mrozzz My thoughts exactly! @vivastory I got this from the library but definitely need to get my own copy, book-buying ban be damned 😉 2y
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Liberty
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Afternoon reading. 🌎🗺📚

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JulietteGF
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Panpan

Not at all my cup of tea... Just wasn't for me :(