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Oak Flat

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Oak Flat by Lauren Redniss
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Nov 17, 2020 | ISBN 9780593154496 | 256 Minutes

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“Brilliant . . . virtuosic . . . [Redniss] pulls from an astonishing variety of sources . . . which she intersperses with her own vibrant and indelible colored-pencil sketches. . . . A master storyteller of a new order.”—Eliza Griswold, The New York Times Book Review

“An artist and writer, Ms. Redniss has a flair for weaving deep reporting and visual storytelling into immersive and engrossing nonfiction. Redniss’s colorful pencil and crayon drawings capture the surreal beauty of the region, with its rocky canyons and gnarly old-growth trees. Regardless of one’s loyalties, Oak Flat conveys the pernicious consequences of viewing land as a resource to be exploited, relentlessly and with little regard for the future.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Lauren Redniss creates books like no one else’s. . . . Oak Flat moves seamlessly between settings, and between voices. . . . Redniss’s stylistic, empathic, and intellectual gifts [are] on great, and equivalent, display. . . . [Her illustrations are] drawn with such animation they seem ready to rise from the page. . . . Oak Flat is a fervent and beautiful argument. . . . It is, one might hope, proof of art’s purpose: to expand minds, to promote beauty, and to make change.”—NPR

“The author makes her niche in the little-discussed ‘visual nonfiction’ genre, writing and illustrating books that read like journalism but feel like artsy graphic novels. . . . Between gentle, full-page colored pencil drawings of kind faces and blissful landscapes, Redniss offers mountains of research and interviews.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“In conveying the story of the ongoing clash over a patch of southeastern Arizona—site of priceless copper deposits, but also sacred Apache land—Redniss weaves together physics, history, geology, legislative chicanery, intimate portraiture, and tribal custom and culture into a vivid, searing, indelible act of witness.”—Patrick Radden Keefe, New York Times bestselling author of Say Nothing
 
Oak Flat left me stunned. History, testimony, art, landscape: Lauren Redniss weaves these elements together to evoke the rock and sand and sky of the Arizona desert, and to bring to life the story of the people for whom that land is sacred. Rarely is a book simultaneously so heartfelt and so brilliant.”—David Treuer, New York Times
bestselling author of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

“Blending journalism, politics, poetry, and art is a literary high-wire act. Lauren Redniss is one of the few artists who can do it. Oak Flat is a bewitching and mesmerizing book.”—Marjane Satrapi, author of Persepolis

“Gorgeous, devastating, and hopeful . . . Redniss’s glowing colored-pencil illustrations capture the surreal magic of Southwestern landscapes: from a green-eyed ocelot, to the nearly empty Main Street in Superior.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Artistically and thematically profound . . . As a work of advocacy, the book is compelling and convincing; as a work of art, it is masterful.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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