|Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary (2001)
Written by Rebecca Brown | Published by Grey Spider Press
Size: 10.5" x 6.25" Edition: 100 Price: $125.00
Pages: 103 ISBN: 1-58249-007-2
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"Excerpts proceeds step-by-step through Brown's mother's illness & eventual death from cancer, using dry dictionary definitions as its stepping stones. Each definition of the word in question — anemia, metastasis, morphine, etc. — is accompanied by a compact, powerful essay on what, exactly, the reality of each word entails. Brown's voice is level, direct, even stark. Yet its very spareness serves as a springboard for powerful feelings. The formal narrative scheme makes a show of containing the volatile feelings that underlie the book. The reader is carried toward a conclusion that both devastates emotionally & lays open the fragile nature of the flesh." — Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times
Letterpress printed on Mohawk superfine paper with text set in Bodoni 375. Chapter titles are printed in handset 36 point Bodoni 175 in red. The deluxe edition was hand bound in an Italian black & white linen tweed cloth over boards with an inset front title label. The deluxe edition also includes a tipped in three-tone monochromatic woodblock frontispiece. The deluxe edition is numbered & signed by the author.
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