Generations of women: in their own words

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Chronicle Books, May 1, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 108 pages
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A pearl of wisdom passed along from mother to daughter can be far more valuable and often more lasting than any heirloom treasure. Generations of Women captures the gems that women bequeath each other generation after generation: knowledge from experience; strength from perseverance; courage, love, and determination. With a candid introduction by Jamaica Kincaid, this newest celebration of inheritance by Mariana Cook follows the success of her Fathers and Daughters and Mothers and Sons. Spanning as many as five generations, she turns her camera to women of all backgrounds and perspectives. Here mothers and daughters speak from every stage of life, sharing their own stories in their own voices -- each illuminated by Cook's graceful duotone portraits. The result is a frank and uplifting record of women's lives, the legacies they share, and the differences that shape who they are. Through photographs and words, Generations of Women reveals the unbreakable bonds that hold the women of a family together.

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About the author (1998)

Mariana Cook is the last protegee of Ansel Adams, and her prints are held in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Portrait Gallery. Her portraits have been reproduced in her much-celebrated books "Fathers and Daughters, Mothers and Sons, Generations of Women, Couples", and "Faces of Science". She lives with her husband and daughter in New York City.

JAMAICA KINCAID is the author of numerous award-winning works, including the memoirs My Brother and The Autobiography of My Mother and the novel Annie John. A contributor to The New Yorker, she recently appeared in "The Sophisticated Traveler" in the New York Times, and her travelogue, Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya, will be published in 2005, along with her new novel, My Favorite Tool.

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