Wooden Churches: A Celebration in Words and Pictures

Wooden Churches: A Celebration in Words and Pictures

by Rick Bragg
     
 


Grandpa's daddy raised that house out of his own oaks, pines, and cedars, and then he raised the church. He'd preach in the church on Sunday and the rest of the week he could stand on his own fron porch and have it to look at. --from Losing Battles by Eudora WeltySee more details below

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Grandpa's daddy raised that house out of his own oaks, pines, and cedars, and then he raised the church. He'd preach in the church on Sunday and the rest of the week he could stand on his own fron porch and have it to look at. --from Losing Battles by Eudora Welty

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Marjory Raymer
Wooden Churches can be enjoyed one page at a time, with no regard as to what comes before it or after it. The delicately designed book supplies many moments of humor, reflection and artistic enjoyment.
ForeWord
Library Journal
Intended for mass consumption, this disappointing collection of 152 duotones of simple rural churches is being baldly marketed as the spiritual and commercial successor to the publisher's best-selling Out on the Porch: An Evocation in Words and Pictures (1992). The present formulaic work opens with a feel-good, get-right-with-God childhood reminiscence by journalist Bragg. Predictably, photos by Walker Evans, Gordon Parks, Russell Lee, and others (identified and dated only in the credits at the end) are unnaturally yoked to passages of mostly Southern fiction, with scant sensitivity to context, content, or artistic and authorial intention. While both the photos and the excerpts are evocative on their own, these lightweight, even interchangeable pairings fail to convey the complexities of rural religious expression and architecture. Of limited library appeal beyond compulsory regional interest and small libraries that may lack adequate representation of primary texts and photos.--Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Passages from American literature are integrated with numerous b&w photographs by the eminent photographer. The subjects are wooden churches (and their congregations) from across the country, and the book evokes a culture that is passing from the American landscape. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565122338
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
122
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.61(d)

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Eudora Welty
Grandpa's daddy raised that house out of his own oaks, pines, and cedars, and then he raised the church. He'd preach in the church on Sunday and the rest of the week he could stand on his own front porch and have it to look at.
— Eudora Welty

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