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Hold Still
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs | Sally Mann
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARThe New York Times, Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Vogue, NPR, Publishers Weekly, BookPage A revealing and beautifully written memoir and family history from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann. In this groundbreaking book, a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her. Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs she finds more than she bargained for: "deceit and scandal, alcohol, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land . . . racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of the prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder." In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs, she crafts a totally original form of personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel but is firmly rooted in the fertile soil of her own life.
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sherri
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I love when writers share about their journals!

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Samplergal
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This was recommended to me and I‘m glad it was. Quite enjoyable as I pack boxes. #NFNovember

Clwojick 1 pt 2mo
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Mgruidae
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Visited #tatteredcover Colfax for #smallbusinesssaturday . I‘m finally going to read Dune, and I picked up that Sally Mann memoir hardcover for $10. Support your local bookstore ❤️❤️❤️

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melissa.drake
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1. Ghostwriter on PBS, So Weird on Disney...I always liked the paranormal stuff!
2. Hold Still by Sally Mann
3. Shrimp
4. Hopefully some more snow days for curling up under a blanket and reading 😆
5. Will do! #friyayintro @jesshowbooks

CaitlinR 1. Friendly Giant. 2. Running with Scissors. 3. Tomatoes. 4. Not wearing mittens 5. #friyaintro @jesshowbooks And thanks for sharing. 2y
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sarahbellum
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What I‘ll be reading first in the new year! Trying to read down my #tbr list. #libraryhaul #reading #bookhaul #librarybooks #nowreading #bookstack

DivaDiane Zen is on my list too! 2y
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mrozzz
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🎨😎🖍🤓📸☺️

#artandillustration #riotgram

This was an easy one for me since I have a whole shelf dedicated to art books. The bottom one (Bosco) is a book I received from my former boss (a painter) when I left for greener pastures.

I love photography and art theory.
I'm a big geek!!! 😁

emilyhaldi Love it!! 🖤🖤 2y
batsy I'm a geek in that way, too 😁 These all look great and I should look them up. John Berger's of Ways of Seeing is one of my essentials 2y
mrozzz @emilyhaldi ☺️🤘🏻 2y
mrozzz @batsy hehe 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 John Berger was like Day 3 on the curriculum in art school. Definitely an essential. I have no idea what happened my copy though.... 😕 (edited) 2y
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Mehso-so

As a fellow photographer, I was very interested in reading this book. But her most recent work in the "body garden" I found very disturbing. Kind of felt unclean after reading it.

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Moonchild_booknerd89
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Pickpick

I wish more classic photographers wrote books like this!

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emilygatlin
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I was looking for my copy of Arnold Lobel's Mother Goose to give my nephew for his 1st birthday and I FOUND THIS and didn't know I had it! FUN TIME! No Lobel though.

Notafraidofwords Ahhh I loved this book. I inhaled it! 3y
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killerlouise
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A little vacation reading. An engaging (so far anyway--it's long!) reflection on life and work.

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Lindy
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We don't talk much about what happens when we die. Years ago, sex was the unmentionable thing; now it's death.

Lindy Note: Chapter 23 (The Sublime End) shouldn't be read while eating. Mann gets permission to take photos at a body farm. Pragmatic and philosophical. 3y
LauraBeth This sounds like Southern Gothic at its finest 😀 3y
Lindy @LauraBeth I guess it is! Mann delves into her ancestral roots and finds "a payload of southern gothic." 3y
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Lindy
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Memoir with lots and lots of images, so audiobook (read by the author) comes with a pdf. Unfortunately, pdf is not compatible with my iPod, so I got a print copy from the library. Very enjoyable.

Reviewsbylola I just checked this out from my library today! 3y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders I always wonder why they would consider creating an audiobook for something that clearly wouldn't work in that format? #justthinkingoutloud. 😁 3y
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Would you believe there are comics in audio format? 3y
ReadingEnvy I have this on my pile 3y
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Lindy
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This postmortem readjustment is one that many of us have had to make when our parents die. The parental door against which we have spent a lifetime pushing finally gives way and we lurch forward, unprepared and disbelieving, into the rest of our lives.

SaraFair Beautiful pic. 4y
Lindy @SaraFair Thanks! From a flower show in the Netherlands where they were displaying new varieties for florists. 4y
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Lindy
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Along with the purchase of the Encyclopedia Britannica, his parents had also bought, as library ornaments, the 54 Great Books of the Western World. They never suspected the subversive potential behind all that gleaming leather and gold.

OSChamberlain I would very much like to acquire a shrink ray so that I may shrink myself and live in that shelf 4y
EliseWhitmore Is this a picture of the Jefferson library? 4y
Lindy @EliseWhitmore It's a shelf at the wonderful Plantin-Moretus printing museum in Antwerp. 4y
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Lindy
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Photographs supplant and corrupt the past, all the while creating their own memories.

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brendanmleonard
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TBR Tuesday with a very ambitious @24in48 stack! The Fever and The Girls are top of the stack even though they're near the bottom. And I need to get to the Fireman - all for the @Litsybookclub and the @WhoPickedThisBook club! Titles subject to change if I go on another poetry kick!

MMenefee Sally Mann's memoir is fabulous. 4y
brendanmleonard @MMenefee I'm excited to read it - been on a photography kick 4y
BekahB I really liked The Fever. Megan Abbott writes fantastic dark fiction. 4y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 I spy a surfing book😀 4y
Tav Ambitious! 4y
LukkiAnn What a pile 🙀✌🏻️👍🏻 4y
Sue Great stack! 4y
Carol Rad stack!!! 📚📚🙌 4y
BookishFeminist 😳😳 I will be very impressed if you make it through this stack. Great lineup!! 4y
ElizabethSensa Great choices! I enjoyed Sally Mann's book and photography immensely. Happy reading! 4y
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"Writing is so exhausting. I'd be drenched with sweat at the end of a paragraph." - Sally Mann, whose HOLD STILL was a Finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, in conversation with Lorin Stein at our Eat, Drink & Be Literary series at BAM.

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Arlyn
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Do images speak to you? This family history by the renowned photographer, Sally Mann, tells a fascinating story while describing how she got caught up in the overwrought politics of Art in the U. S. Wonderfully good!

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quietjenn
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Immediate plans - finish coffee, start book.

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molly
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I loved this book, and not just because I used to live in the Virginia town where Mann has lived nearly her entire life. Her memoir is as meaty and complex as any Southern gothic novel.