- Hardcover: 50 pages
- Publisher: Welcome Books; Slp Gift edition (March 5, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159962060X
- ISBN-13: 978-1599620602
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Give It All, Give It Now: One of the Few Things I Know About Writing Hardcover – March 5, 2009
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"One of the best book gifts of the season is Give It All, Give It Now, by Annie Dillard. Beautifully illustrated by Sam Fink, this gorgeous and inspiring fold-out book encourages anyone taking on a creative endeavor, assuring us all that YES...the best is yet to come."
"For anyone who needs a heartfelt reminder of the power of dreams, of passion, of courage, Give It All, Give It Now, is for you. It is a gorgeous book - uplifting, inspiring - designed to give us all light and hope in these tough times."
-- Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor, The Nation
"Give It All, Give It Now will inspire you and liberate you. The artwork will make you smile and wish the book were longer."
-- Joan Ganz Cooney, Co-Founder, Sesame Workshop
"Th[is] book is a unique blend of watercolor and the written word, a sort of picture book for grown ups.... Dillard encourages writers to "give it all" and not to hoard for later that which seems good... The words are inspiring in many ways.... The book itself is not traditionally bound, but opens up as an accordian to stretch 20 feet. ... This book would be a unique gift for a writer or collector of Dillard's books (or those of Susan Cheever, who wrote the introduction)... In fact, some writers might even be so bold as to unfold the book and hang it up on the wall, as a giant sort of motivational poster."
--Englewood Review of Books
About the Author
Annie Dillard is a Pulitzer Prize winning author for her book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Best known for her narrative non-fiction, Annie has also published poetry, essays, literary criticism, autobiography, and fiction. She is the recipient of various and prestigious awards, honors, and prizes including her selection as a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for An American Childhood and a New York Press Club Award for Excellence for "Innocence in the Galapagos," published in Harper's Magazine. Annie also serves on the boards of many organizations such as The Milton Center and The New Press. Her latest book, The Maytrees, was published in 2007.
Sam Fink is a multi-talented artist of inimitable range. For the past twenty years Sam has both educated and entertained adults and children with his vibrantly illustrated texts of American history. He celebrated his 90th birthday in 2006 with the release of The Constitution of the United States of America to great acclaim. He also published The Gettysburg Address and The Book of Exodus in 2007.
Susan Cheever is the bestselling author of fourteen books and her work has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and a member of the Author's Guild Council.
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Top Customer Reviews
So, buy it as a work of art or for a nice affirmation, but don't expect to read more than a couple of sentences.
What a great message to spread and in such a wonderful package! The message, illustrations and the accordion all give reason to BUY THIS BOOK!
As an admirer of Annie Dillard's work, I was intrigued at the publication of the new novelty book, Give it all. Give it now. The book is a unique blend of watercolor and the written word, a sort of picture book for grown ups.
Dillard encourages writers to "give it all" and not to hoard for later that which seems good. She assures that more good ideas will come, like a well filling from beneath. The words are inspiring in many ways. Directed to writers, the advice is also pointedly applicable to those of us who fight the impulse to keep for later use what might be beneficial to our neighbors today. I'm sure I run the risk of being too literal with Dillard's advice, but I certainly found myself nodding along as I read her words.
Sam Fink, a former advertising executive and teacher, has published two previous novelty books that incorporate famous words with his original illustrations. In this, his third book, Fink chose Annie Dillard's advice to fellow writers. The book itself is not traditionally bound, but opens up as an accordion to stretch 20 feet. Expecting the pictures to meld together is a mistake, though, as each two page spread is separate unto itself. This structure makes it easy to sit and look through the book, without needing to open the entire thing--although I would certainly advise doing that at least once! The illustrations themselves are sometimes brilliant, sometimes a little too simplistic, but the quality is always good.
This book would be a unique gift for a writer or collector of Dillard's books (or those of Susan Cheever, who wrote the introduction.) I'm not certain how often this book would be pulled off the bookshelf to be re-read, but I can equally see how this text might be just the encouragement one might need to push oneself a little harder. In fact, some writers might even be so bold as to unfold the book and hang it up on the wall, as a giant sort of motivational poster.
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writer. Sam Fink's drawings are a great compliment to Annie Dillard's