07-03-2007 11:05 AM - last edited on 08-15-2007 10:45 AM by Barbara
Evidence of Things Unseen
This poetic novel describes America at the brink of the Atomic Age. Fos, a veteran of the trenches of France, and his beloved wife, Opal, join the community of Oak Ridge Laboratory-Site X in the government's race to build the bomb. It's there, when Opal mysteriously falls ill, that Fos's great faith in science deserts him. Hypnotic and powerful, Evidence of Things Unseen constructs a heartbreaking arc through twentieth-century American life and belief.
Before his thirtieth birthday journalist Holden Garfield returns home to Virginia following a harrowing stint in war-torn Bosnia. There he finds Melanie, his mentor's sister, who is institutionalized with a mysterious amnesia. Struck as if by lightning by her beauty, Holden sets out to help her reconstruct her past, and the pair is swept up in a passionate love affair -- one fighting to remember, one struggling to forget.
In 1917, a young widow, Charlotte Lewes, departs war-torn Britain to become a schoolteacher in colonial Burma. There she finds love with a sailor named John Dollar. During a festive seafaring expedition, a tidal wave sweeps overboard Charlotte, John Dollar, and eight girls who are Charlotte's pupils. As they struggle to stay alive on a remote island beach, will John Dollar emerge as a savior or a threat?
Additional Recommended Reading
Edward S. Curtis, with Editor Christopher Cardozo
One hundred years ago, Edward Sheriff Curtis began a thirty-year odyssey to photograph and document the lives and traditions of the Native peoples of North America. This monumental project was hailed by The New York Herald as "the most gigantic undertaking since the making of the King James edition of the Bible." In this landmark volume, almost 200 of the finest examples of Curtis's photographs are reproduced with startling fidelity to his original prints.
With characteristic perversity and originality, Dyer has come up with an idiosyncratic history of photography. Seeking to identify their signature styles, Dyer looks at the ways in which canonical artists have photographed the same things (ex: barber shops, hands, and signs). In doing so, he constructs a narrative in which these photographers -- many of whom never met -- constantly encounter one another.
In a lifetime of exploration, writing, and passionate political activism, Muir made himself America's most eloquent spokesman for the mystery and majesty of the wilderness. A crucial figure in the creation of our national parks system and a visionary prophet of environmental awareness, he was also a master of natural description who evoked with unique power and intimacy the untrammeled landscapes of the American West.
Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre
At the age of 12, Louis Daguerre fell in love with women and light on the same day. Several decades later, the founder of modern photography invented a process that ignited 19th-century Paris and secured his wealth and fame. Ironically, this process over-exposed him to murcury. Delusional and ill, he fashions a "Doomsday List" of ten photographs he must take before "The End" and roams Paris searching for his subjects -- including the first woman he ever loved.
Message Edited by Barbara on 08-15-2007 10:45 AM
07-11-2007 10:04 PM
Wow -- what a great list! I myself can personally recommend The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre -- a really fascinating read...
Thanks! I love a good recommendation. I'll check it out.