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I was very moved by this evocative, literate, and informative book. Warner's beautiful--and painful--photographs are a perfect companion to Stark's writing and the 'voices' of the Nebraskans that are included. I am very grateful for this sensitive and sad look back.(Ruth Silverman, former associate curator of the International Center of Photography and two-time winner of the Photography-Book-of-the-Year award for The Dog and Athletes)
The photographs and the words so beautifully preserved here evoke powerful--and indeed painful--memories of the homes left behind when millions of rural Americans packed up, said good-bye to all they had known, and relocated to the nation's cities and suburbs. The memory of that transition continues for many of us, tearing at our hearts.(Robert Wuthnow, author of Remaking the Heartland: Middle America Since the 1950s)
This marvelous book offers us a glimpse of the ghost of the Great Plains as it makes a last appearance. We ought to be immensely grateful to David Stark and Nancy Warner for inviting us to their deeply moving séance.(Ted Kooser, former U.S. Poet Laureate)
These resonant photographs and recollections evoke a world almost gone from American life. They are as filled with time as old monuments, and as moving.(Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author)
Warner's exquisite and haunting images are like memory itself: fragments that the imagination weaves together into a meaningful whole.(Martha Casanave, photographer)
Richly nuanced.(Publishers Weekly)
A melancholy, touching look at a vanishing way of life.(Sarah Bryan Miller St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Each photo presents a snapshot of a place vacated. Together, they tell a larger story of an America fading into the landscape.... Conversations, captured by Stark, are sprinkled throughout the book, bringing insight and understated humor to the inanimate beauty of Warner's photographs.(Casey Logan The Omaha World Herald)
A moving collection... The country and the book are spacious, the stories are moving, and the photographs are wonderful.(RALPH magazine 1900-01-00)
Quietly evocative(Billings Gazette)
David Stark is the Arthur Lehman Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Columbia University, where he directs the Center on Organizational Innovation. His most recent book is The Sense of Dissonance: Accounts of Worth in Economic Life.
Nancy Warner is a fine-art and portrait photographer based in San Francisco. Many of the photographs in this book were first exhibited at the Great Plains Art Museum as Going Back: Midwestern Farm Places (2008). The photographs are available for sale, exhibit, or licensing. Contact Nancy Warner at www.warnerphoto.com.
Black and White photography at its best.
Beauty does not have a color. Memories in the pictures on the pages.
Order arrived quickly. It was as expected and I enjoy the photographs. It's a gift for my brother who is from Nebraska.Published 13 months ago by Jo Lux