New Hampshire Patterns (Hardback)
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New Hampshire Patterns (Hardback)

(author of text), (inset photographer)
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Hardback 144 Pages / Published: 15/10/2007
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For most people familiar with New Hampshire, the Granite State has two distinct identities. New Hampshire is often depicted as a place of picturesque farms, mountains, forests, and postcard-perfect villages with pretty town commons and colonialera houses. Yet for most of the twentieth century, such New Hampshire cities and towns as Manchester, Berlin and Keene developed small-scale urban industrialized societies dominated by textile, woolen, and paper mills.In the twenty-first century, New Hampshire's duality has given way to a far more varied identity. Radical demographic and economic changes have transformed entire regions. Some towns in Southern New Hampshire have doubled and tripled in size, serving as bedroom communities for greater Boston. Increased property development in the two lakes regions and the Upper Valley continue to transform small town rural life in unexpected ways.This book offers two personal looks at a state whose venerable history stands in lively contrast to its changing times. Over a hundred full-color photographs by Jon Gilbert Fox capture the charm of small town parades and agricultural fairs, as well as the uniqueness of such traditional New Hampshire places as Franconia Notch, Strawbery Banke, and Canterbury Shaker Village. Fox also brings to vivid life more recent cultural phenomena, including the NASCAR races at Loudon and Laconia's annual motorcycle week.Complementing Fox's visual appreciation of New Hampshire are ten essays by Ernest Hebert, one of the state's most beloved native sons. Hebert, a lifelong citizen of New Hampshire, weaves personal experience and family traditions into essays that include meditations on the (former) "Old Man of the Mountain", New Hampshire politics, baseball, motorcycles, fly fishing, moose, yard sales, chopping wood, and more. Taken together, Fox's photographs and Hebert's text provide an elegant and richly textured salute to the Granite State.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781584655251
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 839 g
Dimensions: 229 x 229 x 18 mm


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"From the picket fence cover to the final photograph featuring Mount Washington, this book is a strong, grounded, real portrait of New Hampshire. Hebert's essays paint a picture that is similarly nuanced, filled with humor, nostalgia, and history. With more than 100 color photographs that capture all the best of our state, it never skimps on beauty. However, it also takes great pains to go beyond traditional pictorial photography to provide us with something different: a book for both tourists and residents." --Accent Magazine
"Of all the New Hampshire photo books I've seen (and after 20-plus years of reviewing books for Yankee, I've seen plenty), I like New Hampshire Patterns best. Jon Gilbert Fox gives us only one covered bridge, two lighthouses, and three autumn foliage shots--and one of those is paired with the identical scene as it looks in November. Instead of the cliches, Fox shows bruise-colored skies, a mud football game, and an apartment building in Manchester. Not all pretty, but real. Along with the brilliant images are words by Ernie Hebert. I've reviewed most of his novels-- he once offered to punch me in the nose as a result--but I've never enjoyed his writing more than I did in these 10 essays. There's not a single phony word."--Tim Clark, Yankee Magazine
" From the picket fence cover to the final photograph featuring Mount Washington, this book is a strong, grounded, real portrait of New Hampshire. Hebert's essays paint a picture that is similarly nuanced, filled with humor, nostalgia, and history. With more than 100 color photographs that capture all the best of our state, it never skimps on beauty. However, it also takes great pains to go beyond traditional pictorial photography to provide us with something different: a book for both tourists and residents." --Accent Magazine
"No question, New Hampshire Patterns, belongs on the shelf of coffee table books depicting our state. But! What New Hampshire Patterns has that none of the others do is (drum roll) Ernest Hebert. Nobody writes more eloquently about his native state than Ernie Hebert. In New Hampshire Patterns, Hebert's musings on life -- 10 personal essays -- dovetail with Fox's photographs . . . his angles, like Fox's are sharp and fresh." --Concord Monitor

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