City Parks

City Parks

Public Places, Private Thoughts

Book - 2013
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Featuring contributions from Bill Clinton, Ian Frazier, Ahdaf Soueif and Candice Bergen, this evocative collection captures the spirit and beauty of the world's most loved city parks through words and stunning images that illuminate personal histories and public experiences. 25,000 first printing,


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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Featuring contributions from such personalities as Bill Clinton and Candice Bergen, essays capture the spirit of the world's most loved city parks through words and images that illuminate personal histories and public experiences.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062231796
Branch Call Number: 910.202 CITY
Characteristics: 302 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Marron, Catie
Gili, Oberto


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Sep 30, 2016

Great read - though not what I initially expected. Flipping through the book at the library I thought - oh, short essays, glossy photos - coffee table book - decided to read even though had been expected more of a research-based, history of the park, garden architecture, "scholarly" slyle book. Gad I did as I felt this format really works - each essay evokes a unique sense of the place (in time, over time) and most interesting revealed authors personal experiences, aspects of themselves - highlighting the personal importance of a public space. Evocative photos too.
2 things I would have added: Illustrated diagrams (perhaps watercolour) of each park - general layout, features location in each city. Also, an essay on Stanley Park - which the Globe & Mail recently reported as having just been voted "best park in the world"


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