City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts
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City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts

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by Catie Marron
     
 

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Catie Marron’s City Parks captures the spirit and beauty of eighteen of the world’s most-loved city parks. Zadie Smith, Ian Frazier, Candice Bergen, Colm Tóibín, Nicole Krauss, Jan Morris, and a dozen other remarkable contributors reflect on a particular park that holds special meaning for them.

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Catie Marron’s City Parks captures the spirit and beauty of eighteen of the world’s most-loved city parks. Zadie Smith, Ian Frazier, Candice Bergen, Colm Tóibín, Nicole Krauss, Jan Morris, and a dozen other remarkable contributors reflect on a particular park that holds special meaning for them.

Andrew Sean Greer eloquently paints a portrait of first love in the Presidio; André Aciman muses on time’s fleeting nature and the changing face of New York viewed from the High Line; Pico Iyer explores hidden places and privacy in Kyoto; Jonathan Alter takes readers from the 1968 race riots to Obama’s 2008 victory speech in Chicago’s Grant Park; Simon Winchester invites us along on his adventures in the Maidan; and Bill Clinton writes of his affection for Dumbarton Oaks.

Oberto Gili’s color and black-and-white photographs unify the writers’ unique and personal voices. Taken around the world over the course of a year, in every season, his pictures capture the inherent mood of each place. Fusing images and text, City Parks is an extraordinary and unique project: through personal reflection and intimate detail it taps into collective memory and our sense of time’s passage.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Alida Becker
As is often the case, [the] essays tell us more about the writers than they do the gardens…but teamed with Oberto Gili's vivacious photographs, they're an eloquent reminder of the way shared landscapes can provide intimate inspiration.
New York Times Book Review
“An eloquent reminder of the way shared landscapes can provide intimate inspiration.”
Alantic.com
“In the new book City Parks, Catie Marron collects intimate essays on 21 great parks in cities around the world, all accompanied by generous, gorgeous portraits of those parks by the photographer Oberto Gili.”
The Atlantic
“This lavish volume features pictures of city parks around the world taken by the fashion photographer Oberto Gili, accompanied by the thoughts of ‘celebrated writers and personalities’ . . . an artifact of the current neo-Olmsted moment, when glamorous greenness is transforming urban grime and neglect.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062231796
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/15/2013
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Catie Marron, whose career has encompassed investment banking, magazine journalism, and public service, is currently chairman of the board of directors of Friends of the High Line; a trustee of the New York Public Library, where she was chairman of the board for seven years; and a contributing editor to Vogue. Also the editor of City Parks, Marron lives in New York City with her family.

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City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this read Thought I would have a book of pictures but really enjoyed the essays. Well Done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very refreshing read and a wonderful mix of essays. Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oberto Giili's photography is always exceptional but the essays were surprisingly vivid and inviting. A must read. You will be very pleasantly surprised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have gifted this book to a number of my friends who find it to be be an exceptional read. the photos are a plus which literally takes you through parks in places where you might never visit. Thanks to the Arthur .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book not only hosted some of the best writing talents out there, but Oberto Gili's photography actually did transport me to the parks in a special way and as a result many are now added to my travel wish list. I loved the personal attachment of each writer to the park. Highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
disappointed-lacked imagination-I looked forward to the book but it did not meet my expectations