Thursday, April 30, 2009

Two New Jane Kirkpatrick books

It's been such a hard, crazy week, I didn't get a chance to read this new novel by Jane Kirkpatrick, A Flickering Light.

What I have read was beautifully written. Here's a summary.
Returning to her Midwest roots, award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick draws a page from her grandmother’s photo album to capture the interplay between shadow and light, temptation and faith that marks a woman’s pursuit of her dreams.

She took exquisite photographs,

but her heart was the true image exposed.

Fifteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele loves nothing more than capturing a gorgeous Minnesota landscape when the sunlight casts its most mesmerizing shadows. So when F.J. Bauer hires her in 1907 to assist in his studio and darkroom, her dreams for a career in photography appear to find root in reality.

With the infamous hazards of the explosive powder used for lighting and the toxic darkroom chemicals, photography is considered a man’s profession. Yet Jessie shows remarkable talent in both the artistry and business of running a studio. She proves less skillful, however, at managing her growing attraction to the very married Mr. Bauer.

This luminous coming-of-age tale deftly exposes the intricate shadows that play across every dream worth pursuing—and the irresistible light that beckons the dreamer on.
To order it from Random House, click here.

Jane Kirkpatrick's other featured book is Aurora: An American Experience in Quilt, Community, and Craft.

This is an beautiful and interesting nonfiction book about a Utopian community in Oregon in the early 1900's. Here's a summary.
Wrap yourself in a fantastic journey,
a remarkable commitment, and a spare and splendid story

Master storyteller Jane Kirkpatrick extols the beautiful treasures, unknown to a wider public, rediscovered in the Old Aurora Colony of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley. The people and legacy of Aurora, a utopian community founded in the mid-1800s, will stir your imagination, hopes, and dreams; and remind you that every life matters—that our lives are the stories other people read first.


Unique and treasured quilt pattern variations

More than 100 photographs, many never-before published, from 1850 to today

Cherished stories from Aurora descendants

Rich images of fine crafts from the Aurora Colony and private collections

An introduction by renowned American artist John Houser

Aurora is about the difference every ordinary life can make—and a beautiful celebration of a time and place in which people expressed their most cherished beliefs through the work of their imagination and hands.
To order Aurora from the publisher, click here.


sherrinda said...

That sounds like a great book! I've never read any of her books, but this one sounds wonderful! I'll have to check into her novels.

Robin Johns Grant said...

The "hard and crazy week" thing must have been going around. Ditto that!

Both the books sound intriguing. I love quilts and always find something deep and comforting in them. The Aurora book would probably be fascinating.