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Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City

Why We Are Here: Mobile and the Spirit of a Southern City

From this historic collaboration between a beloved naturalist and a great American photographer emerges a South we ve never encountered before.

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ISBN 9780871404701
Barcode 9780871404701
Published 8 October 2012 by WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Wilson, Edward O.
By Harris, Alex
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ISBN-13 9780871404701
ISBN-10 0871404702
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication Date 8 October 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Wilson, Edward O.
By Harris, Alex
Category Photographs: Collections
American History
Places & Peoples: General Interest
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 277mm
Height: 249mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 1,560g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Mobile (Ala.), Mobile (Ala.) - Description and travel, Mobile (Ala.) - Social life and customs, Natural history - Alabama - Mobile, Wilson, Edward O - Homes and haunts - Alabama - Mobile
NBS Text People & Places: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 976.122
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Entranced by Edward O. Wilson 's mesmerizing evocation of his Southern childhood in The Naturalist and Anthill, Alex Harris approached the scientist about collaborating on a book about Wilson 's native world of Mobile, Alabama. Perceiving that Mobile was a city small enough to be captured through a lens yet old enough to have experienced a full epic cycle of tragedy and rebirth, the photographer and the naturalist joined forces to capture the rhythms of this storied Alabama Gulf region through a swirling tango of lyrical words and breathtaking images. With Wilson tracing his family 's history from the Civil War through the Depression when mule-driven wagons still clogged the roads to Mobile 's racial and environmental struggles to its cultural triumphs today, and with Harris stunningly capturing the mood of a radically transformed city that has adapted to the twenty-first century, the book becomes a universal story, one that tells us where we all come from and why we are here.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Pulitzer Prize winning naturalist and Harvard professor Wilson (On Human Nature) and acclaimed photographer and Duke University professor Harris (River of Traps) team up to convey the spirit of Mobile, Ala., through text and images. Wilson writes of his childhood in Mobile and recounts the complicated heritage of his hometown in a sprawling essay that weaves personal, social, economic, political, and natural history.... Harris 's intimate pictures beautifully capture quotidian moments, offering a context for the diverse characters, lush landscapes, and events, traumatic and joyful, that define Mobile today: a high school football team marches arm-in-arm; a tiger swallowtail hesitates in a verdant meadow; a Civil War re-enactor poses with Confederate memorabilia; two outstretched arms, one black and one white, point toward the infinity of the Gulf of Mexico 's horizon. A hybrid document meant to be as much about the meaning of place as it is about a place itself, the book is a thoughtful meditation on community and storytelling that reminds us we will never understand ourselves until we know where we come from.

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Author's Bio

Edward O. Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world's preeminent biologists and naturalists. The author of more than twenty books, including The Creation, The Social Conquest of Earth, The Meaning of Human Existence, and Letters to a Young Scientist, Wilson is a professor emeritus at Harvard University. The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, he lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1949, Alex Harris, acclaimed photographer, Duke University professor, and Pulitzer Prize finalist for River of Traps, lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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