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Generations of Women: In Their Own Words

COOK, Mariana

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ISBN 10: 0811819078 / ISBN 13: 9780811819077
Published by Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA, 1998
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First edition. Hardcover. 108 pages. Introduction by Jamaica Kincaid. An intimate collection of black and white images by Cook with text by the subjects of photographs. A near fine copy in a close to near fine dust jacket with some slight fading to the edges. Bookseller Inventory # 126745

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Title: Generations of Women: In Their Own Words

Publisher: Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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A pearl of wisdom passed along from mother to daughter can be far more valuable and often more lasting than any heirloom treasure. Generations of Women captures the gems that women bequeath each other generation after generation: knowledge from experience; strength from perseverance; courage; love; and determination. With a candid introduction by Jamaica Kincaid, this newest celebration of inheritance by Mariana Cook follows the success of her Fathers and Daughters and Mothers and Sons. Spanning as many as five generations, Cook turns her camera to women of all backgrounds and perspectives. Here mothers and daughters speak from every stage of life, sharing their own stories in their own voices -- each lluminated by Cook's graceful portraits. The result is a frank and uplifting record of women's lives, the legacies they share, and the differences that shape who they are. Through photographs and dialogues, Generations of Women reveals the unbreakable bonds that hold the women of a family together.


Because many of the handsome family portraits in this album of mothers and daughters are set against a velvety black background, the women jump out at the viewer with almost nothing to distract the eye. Some of the photos are arresting-Whoopi Goldberg en famille, for example--and others more plebian, but it's a pleasure to trace the generations through similarities to the eyes or hands, or, in the case of adopted children, a certain stance. Jamaica Kincaid contributes a dark and incantatory opening essay. "I have a mother, and I know her now and she had a mother; her mother is now dead," she writes. "...I knew that woman, my mother's mother; I know her more deeply and more fully than if I had spent every day of my childhood life with her." Brief paragraphs from each of the other women photographed point up the complex connection between mothers and daughters. What makes these texts particularly piquant is the words women choose to define their relationships when only a few are allowed. --Francesca Coltrera

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