Book of the Week: My Brother’s War

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Stunning. Powerful. Impeccably designed. What more can we say about this book, a joint effort between book designer Elizabeth Avedon and photographer Jessica Hines.

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My Brother’s War is a deeply moving personal odyssey in which Jessica attempts to understand the wartime experience of her brother Gary who served in Vietnam and later committed suicide as a result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Spare and artful, the book combines photographic collages of Gary’s letters, artifacts, and photographs with Jessica’s reflections on the aftermath of this experience on her and her family.

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Originally, Jessica’s photographs were part of her submission to the 2009 Lens Culture International Exposure Awards where she won an honorable mention and hence, an opportunity to make a Blurb book. We’re so pleased she took us up on our offer and doubly pleased she teamed with Elizabeth, a highly talented book designer. It just goes to show what magic can happen when great design and great photography come together.

Take a moment and check out the book. It’s a true testament to the power of creativity, memory, and art – even in the face of something as terrible as war. By the way, for a great article on how some of today’s soldiers are turning to art to deal with their own wartime experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, take a look at this recent New York Times piece.

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2 Comments

  1. What an amazing achievement. Such compassion and sensitivity leaps off the pages. It must have taken a lot of guts to put this together. When we visited Washington neither my husband nor I could bring ourselves to walk along the Memorial wall, it was just too overwhelming. I hope that your efforts in this volume has brought you some closure and peace. Your brother’s name should have been there simply because he was.

    By Kaye Frost-Smith
      February 19, 2010 – 4:41 am   Permalink
  2. Wow, this is really great! It must of been quite emotional to put this together. Thanks for contributing this for all of us to experience

      February 23, 2010 – 12:06 pm   Permalink

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