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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher; First Edition edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935613243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935613244
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Garth Risk Hallberg is the author of the novella A Field Guide to the North American Family and was selected by Richard Bausch as one of 2008′s “Best New American Voices.” His short stories have been published, most recently, in Glimmer Train, Canteen, and The Pinch. Essays have appeared in Slate, More Intelligent Life, and the Best of the Web anthology. A 2008 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction, Garth teaches at Fordham University. He’s finishing up his first novel and a story collection.

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Saikali on November 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The first thing I noticed as I made my way through Mr. Hallberg's finely crafted novella was how long I was lingering on each page, part of me wanting the present moment to never end, but knowing that many delights awaited me on the next page. And the one after that.

Each page presented another angle on the Hungate-Harrison story, a bit of the puzzle explored both with words and a thematically-linked photo. From one page-chapter to the next, the point of view would shift, the tone would adjust. You'll find yourself quietly taking it all in, marvelling at the language and the sheer inventiveness of the whole damn thing.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By O. Ramirez on January 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"63 entries, each comprising a chapter of text and a visual artist's response to the entry's title."

I was hooked on that alone. Then I sat down and read it. I'm about 3/4 done and have to say that this is unlike anything I've read before. In the video game industry there is a term call "replay value." After you're done with it would you play it again or is the fun gone after once through?

This book has much "reread value." Cool concept executed well.

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Format: Hardcover
The concept of Garth Risk Hallberg's "A Field Guide to the North American Family" book is outstanding. I love the match-up between narrative and contemporary photography. It's a grown-up version of the "choose your own adventure" book. I like the objective/scientific voice that makes this a field guide. I only wish that the narrative were a little more enthralling or poignant. But overall, I really enjoyed it.
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