This Nationwide Ebook Award finalist is a revealing and wonderfully written memoir and circle of relatives historical past from acclaimed photographer Sally Mann.

On this groundbreaking Ebook, a novel interaction of narrative and symbol, Mann’s preoccupation with circle of relatives, race, mortality, and the storied panorama of the American South are found out as virtually genetically predetermined, written into her DNA by way of the circle of relatives historical past that precedes her.

Sorting via bins of circle of relatives papers and yellowed images she unearths greater than she bargained for: “deceit and scandal, alcohol, family abuse, automotive crashes, bogeymen, clandestine affairs, dearly liked and disputed circle of relatives land . . . racial headaches, huge sums of cash made and misplaced, the go back of the prodigal son, and perhaps even bloody homicide.”

In lyrical prose and startlingly revealing images, she crafts a wholly authentic type of non-public historical past that has the web page-turning drama of a perfect novel however is firmly rooted within the fertile soil of her personal lifestyles.

An Amazon Highest Ebook of Would possibly 2015: In case you have ever noticed Sally Mann’s pictures you take into account her skill to seize emotion and generate dialog. In Hold Still Mann has modified mediums however maintains to ship a strikingly wealthy composition. Soaked in Southern historical past and {heritage|historical past|background}, Mann takes us via her youth within the Blue Ridge Mountains and her lifestyles as a mom, spouse, and photographer with finely-crafted perception and truthful revelation. For somebody who has lived within the public eye for goodbye, Mann continues to be in a position to ship surprises to the tales we concept we knew via a memoir written much more superbly than I anticipated. –Penny Mann