Thursday, August 14, 2014

A new book - mine - and my first experience with this literary form...

The Forgotten Fifties Written by James Conaway, Contribution by Library of Congress, Introduction by Alan Brinkley
I was asked to write a book about a decade I lived through (barely), using old Look photographs as inspiration. That's what I did, thumbing bound copies at the Library of Congress and imagining myself a kind of American everyman, for want of a better word. What emerged was a narrative in first person plural, a surprise and an inspiration in itself: suddenly I was both myself and my parents, looking at the Fifties as a kind of disembodied version of the present, the words pouring from a reservoir of experience I hadn't looked into since writing my memoir, Memphis Afternoons...
                                       From  Rizzoli New York

The Forgotten Fifties: America's Decade from the Archives of LOOK Magazine

Written by James Conaway, Contribution by Library of Congress, Introduction by Alan Brinkley
  •  August 26, 2014
  •  Hardcover
  •  Photography - Photojournalism
  •  Skira Rizzoli
  •  9 x 9
  •  $45.00
  •  $45.00
  •  978-0-8478-4373-2

About This Book

From the pages of Look, the magazine that defined the fifties, comes a photographic portrayal of the dynamic era that sparked a transformation in America’s political and cultural identity. From the Red Scare incited by Joseph McCarthy to the election of John F. Kennedy as president in 1960, the 1950s heralded some of the most striking and clashing aspects of twentieth-century America: the Korean War and I Love Lucy; the Bunny Hop and Brown v. Board of Education; bikinis and UFOs; Disneyland and the polio vaccine; Elvis and Allen Ginsberg; the Invisible Man and Roman Holiday; Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy. The evocative images in this volume—many never before published—chart a contradictory decade, transcending what we have come to know as "the age of Ozzie and Harriet." Provocative and endearing, best-selling journalist James Conaway’s entertaining and highly readable year-by-year survey will resonate with a generation that came of age in the 1950s but also prove compelling to younger audiences who identify with that hopeful yet uneasy epoch.

About the Author

James Conaway is the author of nine books of nonfiction, among them Memphis Afternoons and Napa: The Story of an American Eden, and several novels, including Nose and The Big Easy. 
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