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Deep South
Sally Mann (Photographer)
0821228765
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Mann rose to prominence with Immediate Family, a collection of photographs of her children that some saw as emotionally direct and others found disturbingly erotic. Regardless, these photographs, and her subsequent work, demonstrate that Mann has a preternatural eye for light and composition. In this book, Mann, inspired by "a cache of glass negatives...of familiar local places," set off with her camera through the South, using eighteenth century photographic techniques to capture the "radical light of the American South," and the results are fascinating. In Georgia, a column of leaves dissipates into a luminous mist; in Virginia, a scumbled field with an empty cart in the distance suggests a test shot by Matthew Brady. Many of these photographs are startling in their intimations of violence: in the section...


Eye Against Eye
Forrest Gander
0811216357
Sept 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Certainly his clearest and most accessible, this taut and memorable sixth outing from Gander (Science & Steepleflower) may also be his breakout work. One of its four mid-length poems describes ten beautiful photographs by Sally Mann (also reproduced here), emphasizing their spiritual resonance as well as their technical flair: in a misty picture of a half-destroyed tree, "at the border between a tangible and an intangible world, life climbs onto death's shoulders." The other three mid-length poems flaunt narrative components: "Burning Towers, Standing Wall" (its title an allusion to 9/11 and to W. B. Yeats) examines Mayan architecture in Mexico, turning the visible stones, their "mutilated stelae" and "rubbed out glyphs," into a plea for patience in the face of violence, and there are deliberate and ambitious...


Immediate Family
Sally Mann (Photographer)
0893815233
April 1994
Paperback
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Review
"[Mann's photographs] suggest that the camera is as adept at depicting the desires of the subconscious as it is in rendering the shapes of everyday life."--Andy Grundberg, The New York Times

"[Sally Mann] makes pictures of children-- luminously beautiful black-and-white images of mysteriously elfin children around [her] rural home in Lexington, Virginia. These are riveting, enigmatic narrative images...."--Ken Johnson, Art in America

"Sally Mann continues to probe the intimate life of her family and come up with startling, disquieting revelations. Mann's extraordinary picture of her nude daughter suspended like a shimmering white fish on a porch with unconcerned adults resonates in your mind like a dream."--Vince Aletti, The Village Voice

"The photographs are beautiful and strange, like...


The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Kids, and His EX-Wife: Becoming a Stepmother with Humor and Grace
Sally Bjornsen
0451214196
April 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
A funny, honest, and empathetic resource for the novice stepmother, which includes advice on The kids: Adjusting to suspicion, resentment, and biological-parent loyalties; The ex-wife: Living calmly alongside her, whether she's a psycho or the perfect mother; The holidays: Accommodating old family traditions and developing new ones; The sex: Keeping love alive through the kids' bed-wetting and nightmares. Plus an invaluable list of resources, websites, publications, and organizations specifically for the new stepmother.

About the Author
Sally Bjornsen is an author and commercial photographer's agent. A full-fledged stepmother, wife, and collaborative co-mama, she lives happily in Seattle with her husband, their son, and her two stepsons.


What Remains
Sally Mann
0821228439
Sept 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Mann's previous collections, Immediate Family and At Twelve, recorded the bodies of children with a frank, slightly detached sensuality at a time when public hysteria around issues of child sexuality was sharply on the rise. The fact that many of the images were of her own children left Mann particularly vulnerable to charges of exploitation. But though controversial, what deflected such accusations was the serene flawlessness of Mann's pictorialist photographic technique, which somehow contained her very real provocation without necessarily resolving it. An even deeper sense of subtle disturbance pervades the four suites of photographs that make up this latest collection, whose subjects are mortality and death. In the two most graphic and difficult sequences, the remains of a beloved family dog and the corpses...


Swan Song
Robert R. McCammon
0671741039
May 1987
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Swan Song is rich with such characters as an ex-wrestler named Black Frankenstein, a New York City bag lady who feels power coursing from a weird glass ring, a boy who claws his way out of a destroyed survivalist compound. They gather their followers and travel toward each other, all bent on saving a blonde girl named Swan from the Man of Many Faces. Swan Song is often compared to Stephen King's The Stand, and for the most part, readers who enjoy one of the two novels, will enjoy the other. Like The Stand, it's an end-of-the-world novel, with epic sweep, apocalyptic drama, and a cast of vividly realized characters. But the tone is somewhat different: The good is sweeter, the evil is more sadistic, and the setting is harsher, because it's the world after a nuclear holocaust. Swan Song won a...


At Twelve
Sally Mann
089381296X
Sept 1988
Hardcover
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Review
"Haunting black-and-white studies of children, shown here as surprisingly sensual and often distant beings, the magical keepers of some obscure and vaguely frightening secrets."--Karen Lipson, Newsday

"Sally Mann's photography is a clear pane...not intrusion, but revelation. These young women distill something for the eye...something beautiful and sad and moving, something purely female."--Diane Sawyer

"Sally Mann is the real thing. Just look at these photographs! At Twelve is an American classic."--Annie Dillard


Immediate Family
Sally Mann (Photographer)
0893815187
October 1992
Hardcover
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Review
"[Mann's photographs] suggest that the camera is adept at depicting the desires of the subconscious as it is in rendering the shapes of everyday life."--Andy Grundberg, the New York Times

"These are photographs of my children. . . . Many of these pictures are intimate, some are fictions and some are fantastic, but most are of ordinary things every mother has seen. I take pictures when they are bloodied or sick or naked or angry. They dress up, they pout and posture, they paint their bodies, they dive like otters in the dark river."--Sally Mann, from the Introduction

"[Sally Mann] makes pictures of children--luminously beautiful black-and-white images of mysteriously elfin chidren around [her] rural home in Lexington, Virginia. These are riveting, enigmatic narrative images."--Ken Johnson, Art in...


At Twelve
Sally Mann
0893813303
May 1991
Paperback
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Review
"Haunting black-and-white studies of children, shown here as surprisingly sensual and often distant beings, the magical keepers of some obscure and vaguely frightening secrets."--Karen Lipson, Newsday

"Sally Mann's photography is a clear pane...not intrusion, but revelation. These young women distill something for the eye...something beautiful and sad and moving, something purely female."--Diane Sawyer

"Sally Mann is the real thing. Just look at these photographs! At Twelve is an American classic."--Annie Dillard


The Man Who Loved Jane Austen
Sally Smith O'Rourke
075821037X
April 2006
Paperback
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From Booklist
New York artist Eliza Knight stumbles across an antique dressing table that includes the added bonus of secreted letters, apparently between Jane Austen and a real-life Mr. Darcy. Caught up in her romantic notions about Austen's Pride and Prejudice and the possibility that Darcy may have been more than Austen's invention, Eliza enlists the aid of an eccentric researcher as well as a handsome and mysterious Virginia horse breeder, Fitzwilliam Darcy. Three years earlier, on a horse-buying junket to England, Darcy had a life-altering experience that makes him now anxious to buy the one letter written by Austen before it goes to auction at Sotheby's. For Eliza, the letter represents a possible fortune; for Darcy, it represents possibly requited love. O'Rourke alternates between the past and the present in this...


Mr. Murder: A Sally Harrington Novel
Laura Van Wormer
0778321770
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In Van Wormer's sixth novel to feature rich, beautiful TV reporter Sally Harrington (after The Kill Fee), a killer known as Mr. Murder targets a vast number of antagonists from the author's previous outings, including jealous ex-lovers and competitive co-workers. But the murders are actually sacrificial lures. Sally herself is intended as her benefactor's main victim—something the supposedly crack reporter doesn't figure out until well into the book, but which readers know from the get-go, thanks to a classic romance-suspense prologue that's a study in savage sexual obsession. Sadly, though, the killer's mind isn't revisited, so the suspense stops short. Suspects are little more than names on a laundry list; sketchy background fills may suffice for a series' longtime fans, but such careless characterization...


Every Second Counts
Lance Armstrong
0767914481
June 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
In the opening of Lance Armstrong's memoir, Every Second Counts (co-authored by Sally Jenkins), he reflects: "Generally, one of the hardest things in the world to do is something twice." While he is talking here about his preparation for what would prove to be his second consecutive Tour de France victory in 2000, the sentiment could equally be applied to the book itself. And just as Armstrong managed to repeat his incredible 1999 tour victory, Every Second Counts repeats--and, in some ways exceeds—the success of his bestselling first memoir, It's Not About the Bike.

Every Second Counts confronts the challenge of moving beyond his cancer experience, his first Tour victory, and his celebrity status. Few of Armstrong's readers will ever compete in the Tour de France (though cyclists will relish Armstrong's detailed...



Still Time
Sally Mann
0893815934
Sept 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
Expanded from an earlier catalogue of the same title, Still Time accompanied a traveling exhibition featuring more than twenty years of Sally Mann's photography.

Still Time celebrates an artist whose acute perceptions and imagination embrace not only the photographs of children for which she is renowned, but also earlier landscapes, and the unexpected, compelling forays into color and abstract photography.

The sixty images include abstract platinum prints, Cibachromes and Polaroids, landscapes, portraits of women and twelve-year-olds, and her celebrated family pictures.


Code of the Mountain Man
William W. Johnstone
0786013044
March 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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From AudioFile
Once again Smoke Jensen, a penny dreadful hero if ever there was one, takes up arms against a sea of troubles. Granted, it takes very little for Jensen to take up arms, but if you like two-fisted Western stories with a moral streak a mile wide, then you'll love this production. Though lacking some of the finer touches of later MOUNTAIN MAN recordings, we find here some rudimentary audio theater in the repetitious sound effects, appropriate enough for a story that is itself a bit primitive. Narrator Doug Van Liew has a broad range of Western character voices, though his attempts at female and foreign voices are considerably less able. This is not to slight Van Liew, for he is an able narrator, and no one is perfect, especially in the Old West--and none are bulletproof. D.J.B. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine--...


The Kill Fee
Laura Van Wormer
0778321630
April 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In the fifth installment of Van Wormer's Sally Harrington series, attractive go-getter Sally narrates the latest adventures in her sensational life in a WASP-y, plucky first person. She's just gotten involved with Paul, a young policeman from a moneyed family who has moved all the way to Connecticut to be by her side while he attends law school; she's also conducting an intense flirtation with a married man. Meanwhile, she scores a million-dollar job as a national anchor at the New York TV station where she's executive producer, while her great-uncle Percy, who, at 84, is happily ensconced in a tony retirement community, has gotten his own mysterious property windfall. As Sally investigates her uncle's supposed new land outside Hillstone Falls, N.Y., she entangles herself in a dangerous organized crime land...

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