Shake it like a polaroid picture, it’s Book of the Week

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Irene Nam is a triple threat. She’s a most talented writer, photographer, and bookmaker. Actually, she’s a quadruple threat if you add cool-mother-of-twins to the mix. Open our Book of the Week, Polaroid Stories, to see what I mean.

When I first viewed the book’s Preview, the thing that struck me most was the writing. How very personal and very good it was.

“Sean is laughing so infectiously that I can’t help smiling. And the amount of joy in his eyes now could supply the neighborhood.”

“Snow is expected. I fall asleep with the light on. I like to believe that it reminds my husband that he’s loved and missed when he comes home late from work.”

“I wish there was a word for this. Luxuriant in its emotional comprehension, rhapsodic and soul chilling. I wish I could explain just how much I love this. Right here, right now.”

“When I feel uninspired, I take a long walk in the city with my polaroid cameras, I get up early to think. I sit at my piano or at the children’s section of the local library.”

See how quickly and poetically her words draw you in? It made me more curious about her. Where does she like to buy bread in Paris? What books does she read to her children? Then I took the book in again, focusing on her Polaroid images. They are so charismatic and sweet. Like little photographic petits fours.

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If you check out the book and crave more of Irene’s work, she blogs and posts to Flickr. She also has some photography appearing in an upcoming issue of Life Images magazine.

Irene, congratulations on making Blurb’s Book of the Week. Polaroid Stories really was a delightful read. We hope you keep lugging your Polaroid cameras all over Paris because we want to see more.

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  1. I agree with Allison, that just the reading and viewing the book preview the book was infectious and a delight. Looking forward as well to seeing more work from Irene Nam.

      January 3, 2008 – 10:43 am   Permalink
  2. I have been a fan of Irene’s for a long time. Not only is she a talented writer and photographer; she is an absolutely lovely and kind person.

      January 4, 2008 – 3:40 am   Permalink

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