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Vineyard Days, Vineyard Nights: The Romance of Martha's Vineyardby Paul Theroux
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Award-winning photographer Nancy Ellison offers an intimate glimpse of America's most fabled vacation island--Martha's Vineyard. Her romantic photographs capture landmarks such as the beautifully colored Gay Head Cliffs, the bustling farmers' market, weathered clapboard houses, haunting sunsets, and picturesque lighthouses. Ellison also explores unexpected views of the changing landscape that have often been overlooked. Accompanying the photographs is text by Cape Cod resident and renowned travel writer Paul Theroux. His evocative essay reflects on the changing moods of the Vineyard. Diverse Island personalities including year round residents such as the shipbuilders and lobster men as well as celebrities Art Buchwald, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Walter Cronkite, Carly Simon, Bill Styron, Mike Wallace, and others come together in "Vineyard Days, Vineyard Nights. There has not been a Vineyard book in many years. And now Ellison's collection of photographs fills that gap and makes the perfect souvenir of the island. The book is not only a wonderful treasure for visitors but is an intimate portrait of the Vineyard that residents will recognize and embrace as their own.
"It's fitting that the photographs in this oversized volume are matte, not glossy, and that they don't initially overwhelm viewers with exuberant displays of glitz. Rather, like the place they depict, the photos are refined, somewhat muted and generally plain, yet evocative. Ellison, a summer resident of Martha's Vineyard and author of The Ballet Book, Barbie Live and other books, organizes this collection by time of day. Her 'Morning' photos show misty beaches, hazy country roads, boaters setting out for the day, the breakfast rush at the Art Cliff diner and tourists disembarking from the Island Queen ferry. 'Afternoon' brings deeper blue skies, bathers taking a mid-day dip, men with cable-knit sweaters draped over their shoulders enjoying a cocktail on board the KelDi and a bright red lighthouse standing high above azure seas. Naturally, sunsets are the most striking of Ellison's 'Evening' shots, and her treatments of these scenes range from typical (orange-streaked skies over calm waters) to more unusual (a skiff speeding home as the sky turns pink). Travel writer Paul Theroux, a resident of nearby Cape Cod, has contributed an essay to this volume, in which he fêtes the island's different moods, a subject Ellison deftly plays with in her lovely, varying photographs. 150 full-color photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Travel writer Paul Theroux provides an evocative essay to accompany 150 color photographs by Ellison, an artist, photographer, and summer resident of the island. The well-crafted photos of people (some celebrities) and landscapes are printed on matte-finish paper, giving them an attractive old-postcard flavor. The book serves admirably as a souvenir and celebration of the place. Oversize: 11.5x10.5<">.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Award-winning photographer Nancy Ellison offers an intimate glimpse of America's most fabled vaction island - Martha's Vinyard.
Award-winning photographer Ellison's romantic photographs capture landmarks of Martha's Vineyard such as the beautifully colored Gay Head Cliffs, the bustling farmers' market, weathered clapboard houses, haunting sunsets, and picturesque lighthouses.
About the Author
Photojournalist and painter Nancy Ellison is the author of many books, including Starlet, Barbie Live, and The American Ballet Theatre's The Ballet Book. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications, among them Vanity Fair, Vogue, and the New York Times Magazine. Her recent photographic exhibition, Barbie Live, was held at the Mary Boone Gallery, New York. She and her husband, Bill Rollnick, are summer residents of Martha's Vineyard. Paul Theroux is the internationally acclaimed author of such travel books as The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, Sunrise with Seamonsters, The Kingdom by the Sea, and Dark Star Safari. His many novels include Hotel Honolulu and The Mosquito Coast.
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