Hold Still. A Memoir with Photographs.

Text and photographs by Sally Mann.
Little, Brown and Company, 2015. 496 pp., 6½xx1½".

 
Selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by:
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The Hardback Edition of Hold Still is Out of Print. Paperback copies are available to order here: Hold Still, paperback edition.

In this groundbreaking book, a unique interplay of narrative and image, Mann's preoccupation with family, race, mortality, and the storied landscape of the American South are revealed as almost genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by the family history that precedes her.

Sorting through boxes of family papers and yellowed photographs she finds more than she bargained for: "deceit and scandal, alcohol, domestic abuse, car crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly loved and disputed family land . . . racial complications, vast sums of money made and lost, the return of the prodigal son, and maybe even bloody murder."

In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing photographs, she crafts a totally original form of personal history that has the page-turning drama of a great novel but is firmly rooted in the fertile soil of her own life.

Review Quotes "In HOLD STILL, Sally Mann demonstrates a talent for storytelling that rivals her talent for photography. The book is riveting, ravishing — diving deep into family history to find the origins of art. I couldn't take my eyes off of it." —Ann Patchett, "author of "Bel Canto "and "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage."

Read the New York Times review by Dwight Garner


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