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Route 22 Hardcover – June 4, 2007


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quantuck Lane Press; First Edition edition (June 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593720262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593720261
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Benjamin Swett is a New York-based photographer specializing in nature and architecture, with a particular interest in combining photographs with text. His books include New York City of Trees (2013), The Hudson Valley: A Cultural Guide (2009), Route 22 (2007), and Great Trees of New York City: A Guide (2000), and he is a contributor to many other books and publications.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on February 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
A delightful read that is a cut above the usual travel book. The editorial idea works so well: each spread has a black and white photo on the right and text relating to the image facing it. Really a visual travelogue but actually so much more because Swett invests a lot of his personal feelings about relationships and life with the easy conversational style of his writing.

As I turned over the pages the photos give out a warmth like looking through a family album (being in black and white somehow helps) compiled by the author. The shots of buildings and the landscape along Route 22 and also portraits of people: his wife, grandmother, some artists and in particular Daphne, a young women he befriended who revealed a lot of local history about part of the route, all blend seamlessly together.

The square format of the book, elegant design, quality paper and printing make Route 22 a worthy tribute to this historic highway.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tableless on August 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is so much more than a collection of photographs about a particular road in New York State, although the pictures are certainly very skillful and evocative. The accompanying text provides a narrative as compelling as the images: a story of marriage at midlife, with its creeping disappointments and its redemptive consolations. Swett quietly offers as profound a portrait of married love as the reader of contemporary literature is likely to find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Muse on July 11, 2007
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Route 22 introduces a new genre of photography book: I like to think of it as photo memoir. The writing and photography are equally compelling.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tristia on June 18, 2007
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I found Route 22 to be the rarest of desirable breeds--a successful hybrid of road trip, photo essay, disquisition on neglected, key incidents in American history, and portrait of a marriage at mid-life. Swett manages to balance this complicated itinerary with an agile and humorous touch that prevents the read from ever being ponderous, or the images from being lost in classic American roadside nostalgia. All in all, a wonderful, transporting find that everyone should find a place for on their shelves.
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