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You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2004
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Trying to describe this book is difficult, so I'll just start by saying it is WONDERFUL. It's imaginative, thought-provoking, whimsical, intense and unique; if you're hesitating about buying it, be assured that it is well worth the money. On a practical level, it's just packed with fascinating drawings, a full color "map" on most pages, and many double-page color spreads. They range from ancient carvings to wild modern art by people like Adolf Wolfli to computer-generated maps of air routes across Great Britain (which look a bit like Jackson Pollock paintings!) Each map is worth an afternoon of contemplation: maps of heaven and hell, maps of Gilligan's Island, maps of the world seen through the eyes of a New Yorker (or a Californian), two maps (one for a woman's heart, one for a man's) with "Obstacles and Entrances Clearly Marked." Maps of the digestive system and of phrenology systems, roadmaps to success or despair, missionary maps from the 19th century, and lots of maps from famous books such as Gulliver's Travels. Just think of the word "map" as a metaphor for our desire to "locate" ourselves in an interior as well as an exterior way and you'll get the gist of this book. It's really delightful, and you can go back to it again and again. You'll see new details and find new things to think about each time you do.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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I've been buying books for 45 years and this is the most wonderful book I own--amazing, thought-provoking, beautiful. My only regret is that I waited so long to purchase it. As improbable as it sounds, "You Are Here" comes across as what might be the lush, lovely, and totally unlikely synthesis of Bachelard's "The Poetics of Space," the imaginative joy of A.A. Milne ("Winnie the Pooh" and "The House at Pooh Corner," etc.) or P.L. Travers ("Mary Poppins," "Mary Poppins Opens the Door," etc.), and the deep wisdom of place and spirit found in the works of Annie Dillard and Kathleen Norris or even Terry Tempest Williams. When I open "You Are Here," my heart, spirit and imagination invariably soar.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2006
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The material is extremely interesting; but the format of the book is too small to really appreciate the material, many of the images are split across the page and impossible to see in detail, and the reproduction of some is poor (Fuzzy, out of focus). Needs to be executed in a larger format with illustrations one per page
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2012
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The content of this book is excellent so far--but it's frustrating to try to read the small font. If this book were reprinted with larger font, I'd buy copies for all my friends. I have never encountered such tiny font! That alone keeps me from ordering several copies. My copy is a library book. I had planned to read it, then order my own if I liked it. I would probably get it in Kindle edition, but there's not one. With a Kindle, at least, you can enlarge the font.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2008
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This book was not what I was expecting but it is interesting nonetheless. It is a collection of (mostly) unconventional maps with a few paragraphs written about each. In addition there are some articles on topics loosely related to cartography and the mind. It is more of a picture book than a reference volume and provides food for thought on mapping and identity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2007
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This is a wonderful and thoughtful and visually stunning collection of artist maps. I LOVE it!!! If you're interested in environmental art, it's a must have for your book collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2011
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Just like the signs on public maps that have an arrow that says "You are here", this book presents a number of clever maps to help identify ways to locate yourself and to chart your journey. Walk through <Map of my day>, <<Map of Loveland>>, Hollywood, as well as creative views of the world, countries and cities. It has area maps and room maps and I am inspired to start making maps of important places and events in my life and I bet that you will be inspired too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2009
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Amusing collection of different sorts of maps. As well presenting mapping data as resolving problems in visualization of knowledge. Very inspiring for designers, writers and people ordering some information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2008
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This is a great collection of eccentric, unique and brilliant conceptual maps. It is one of those books that will take you places you never imagined.
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on November 5, 2013
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This book is great because of its' randomness-- you've got a series of maps and artwork that is arranged for no apparent reason. It's hard to describe what this book is about or what the author intended it to be about, but it does make for an interesting browse-through. There is a map of electricity distribution around the world, a map of the "Road to Success", a map of "Psychic Energy", amongst other interesting things.

It would be a good to have sitting around on a coffee table or something along those lines.
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