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.
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About 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.
Oberto Gili is a photographer who specializes in shooting interiors and fashion. The author of Home Sweet Home: Sumptuous And Bohemian Interiors And Luxury Of Space, he works for such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Travel & Leisure, and British, Spanish, and American Vogue.
Table of ContentsCONTENTS
Introduction | CATIE MARRON
Al-Azhar, Cairo | AHDAF SOUEIF
Boboli Gardens, Florence; Villa Borghese, Rome | ZADIE SMITH
Dumbarton Oaks, Wahsington, D.C. | PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON
Giardino Pubblico, Trieste | JAN MORRIS
Gorky Park, Moscow; Tsarskoe Selo & Kirov Park, Saint Petersburg | IAN FRAZIER
Griffith Park, Los Angeles | CANDICE BERGEN
High Line, New York | ANDRÉ ACIMAN
Hyde Park, London | AMANDA FOREMAN
Iveagh Gardens, Dublin | JOHN BANVILLE
Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris | AMANDA HARLECH
Lincoln Park & Grant Park, Chicago | JONATHAN ALTER
Maidan, Calcutta | SIMON WINCHESTER
Maruyama Koen, Kyoto | PICO IYER
Park Güell, Barcelona | COLM TÓIBÍN
Parque Ecológico de Xochimilco, Mexico City | DAVID LIDA
Presidio, San Francisco | ANDREW SEAN GREER
Prospect Park, Brooklyn | NICOLE KRAUSS
Tiergarten, Berlin | NORMAN FOSTER
Photographer's Notes | OBERTO GILI
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this read Thought I would have a book of pictures but really enjoyed the essays. Well Done.
This is a very refreshing read and a wonderful mix of essays. Love it.
Oberto Giili's photography is always exceptional but the essays were surprisingly vivid and inviting. A must read. You will be very pleasantly surprised.
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 .
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!
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