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The Resource Vista del Mar : a memoir of the ordinary, Neal Snidow

Vista del Mar : a memoir of the ordinary, Neal Snidow

Label
Vista del Mar : a memoir of the ordinary
Title
Vista del Mar
Title remainder
a memoir of the ordinary
Statement of responsibility
Neal Snidow
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"This remarkable book joins the company of 'self-work, ' deep acts of memory that serve to illuminate the present by shining the clear light of careful regard on the past. The book finds company in the work of D.J. Waldie's Holy Land, Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem, and the profound My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard. In 1996 Neal Snidow found himself at a personal impasse as he and his wife struggled in vain to have a child. Locked in sadness at their predicament, in mid-career as a college teacher and unpublished writer, and at the first daunting steps of open adoption, as a kind of solace Neal began taking black and white photos of his old neighborhood in southern California. The film was slow, the camera on a tripod, the process awkward, and the goal no more than Garry Winogrand's famous dictum that he made pictures 'to find out what something will look like photographed.' But as this process unfolded and the images began to accumulate, slowly but surely the pictures unlocked the past, and he began to delve into family history, opening out the secret and the unspoken and evoking the lost pleasures and losses of the beach town where he had grown up. The chapters that followed, like the photos that now accompanied them, were quietly observant of an ordinary surface around which gathered an aura of struggle, gaiety and loss. He titled the book Vista Del Mar, for the street that ran past his old apartment to the edge of the Pacific, and gave it the subtitle a memoir of the ordinary in testimony to the everydayness of the experiences he explored. The chapters move back and forth in time and place, to Virginia, to a homestead in Wyoming, to depression-era Nebraska, to the Second World War. Aunts, uncles, ancestors, beach denizens, characters of film noir, and finally a miraculous new baby, all populate the pages which despite the struggles they relate conclude on a major chord of reconciliation and hope"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Snidow, Neal
Dewey number
979.4/93
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
F869.R33
LC item number
S65 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Snidow, Neal
  • Snidow, Neal
  • Snidow, Neal
  • Photography
  • Childlessness
  • Adoption
  • Teachers
  • Redondo Beach (Calif.)
  • Redondo Beach (Calif.)
Label
Vista del Mar : a memoir of the ordinary, Neal Snidow
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223116658338
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-284)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9781619027299
Lccn
2015046445
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 922911647
  • (OCoLC)922911647
Label
Vista del Mar : a memoir of the ordinary, Neal Snidow
Publication
Bar code
31223116658338
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-284)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
311 pages
Isbn
9781619027299
Lccn
2015046445
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 922911647
  • (OCoLC)922911647

Library Locations

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      100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA, 94102, US
      37.779376 -122.415795
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