#22. ‘Hillbilly Elegy- A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis‘ by J.D. Vance, 2016
” Like most small children, I learned my home address so that if I got lost, I could tell a grown-up where to take me. In kindergarten, when the teacher asked me where I lived, I could recite the address without skipping a beat, even though my mother changed addresses frequently, for reasons I never understood as a child. Still, I always distinguished ‘my address’ from ‘my home.’ My address was where I spent most of my time with my mother and sister, wherever that might be. But my home never changed: my great-grandmother’s house, in the holler, in Jackson, Kentucky…”
Three photography books that focus mainly on the rural south-
- ‘The Face of Appalachia‘ by Tim Barnwell
- ‘What Was True: The Photographs and Notebooks of William Gedney‘
- ‘Kodachromes‘ by William Christenberry
#21- Interior Design. ‘A Simpler Way Of Life: Old Farmhouses of New York & New England‘ by William Morgan. Photography by Trevor Tondro. 2013
” The old farmhouses in New York and New England gathered in this book represent a search for authenticity in our lives. These farms, barns and landscapes tell us something about agriculture, architecture, and life in the rural American northeast throughout much of our history. In so-doing, this book offers a refreshing and optimistic antidote to the spirit-numbing superficiality of so many new houses: the tract house, the manufactured home, the McMansion. Unlike hobby farms or near perfect restorations, these farmhouses ring true. They have a purity and simplicity that nurture the soul…”
(Photos- Trevor Tondro)
#20- Animal Literature. ‘Watership Down‘ by Richard Adams, 1972.
“The primroses were over. Toward the edge of the wood, where the ground became open and sloped down to an old fence and a brambly ditch beyond, only a few fading patches of pale yellow still showed among the dog’s mercury and oak-tree roots. On the other side of the fence, the upper part of the field was full of rabbit holes…”
Note- An interesting article about the author Richard Adams who died in December 2016.
…’Stylish Dress Book‘ By Yoshiko Tsukirori
“…We women are always looking for an excuse to dress up, so I’ve designed a series of garments… in hope that they’ll find a treasured space in your wardrobe. Whether it’s to smarten up something casual or to add that perfect touch of elegance for when you’re out and about…”
#20. Novel- ‘ A Lesson Before Dying‘ by Ernest J. Gaines, 1993.
” I was not there, yet I was there. No, I did not go to the trial, I did not hear the verdict, because I knew all the time what it would be. Still, I was there as much as anyone else was there…”
It’s all about finding that one, meaningful gift.