Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I have my first coffee table book!

I got a HUGE package in the mail today. It was my latest snag from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. The book is The Oxford Project. It's HUGE!!! A big thanks to publisher Welcome Books. I was amazed that I got a photography book but I am already in love!

In 1984, photographer Peter Feldstein photographed all 676 members of his hometown of Oxford, Iowa. Twenty years later he photographed as many of those 676 that he could find. It is amazing to see the changes in the people over that time. Mr. Feldstein then asked writer Stephen Bloom to take down the stories of these people. Mr. Bloom wrote their stories in the first person, so it sounds like these folks are talking to me.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the package is that the front cover is a hologram! It's one of the people of the town from 1984 mixed with the current picture. It was very fun to just sit there for a minute switching him back and forth! LOL

I am only about 20 pages into the book so I am not going to give a complete review now. But I wanted to share my fun. But I am already struck that this is not a photography book. This is a book about people. How time changes everyone. How fun it is getting to know people.

Again, a big thanks to LibraryThing and Welcome Books!


bermudaonion said...

Looks like a fun read. I guess we never grow up - I'd be fascinated with the hologram, too!

J. Kaye Oldner said...

Yeah for you! I LOVE the LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. They have got some of the best books.

sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I'm fascinated by this book. I'm a family historian/genealogist and find community studies so interesting. Lucky you for snagging this book; I'll look forward to your review!

Alea said...

Ahhh I'm so jealous! This book looks amazing, will probably end up buying it!

Lana said...

Wow, that sounds like a really cool concept for a photographer and a book. Awesome!

LisaMM said...

WOW, what a cool book! You're not, by chance, thinking of giving it away on your blog, are you????????? LOL