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Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (City Atlas Trilogy 2) Paperback – 26 Nov 2013

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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (26 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520274040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520274044
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Rebecca Snedeker and Rebecca Solnit's Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas is a book about New Orleans, but it's also a book about the kind of shared experiences and tensions that could exist in almost any city. Twenty-two maps illustrate ancient and recent histories of the Crescent City, with local tabs that inspire hums of pride. . . . Though many of those labels are specific to New Orleans, the themes they highlight exist other places, making the book not only a local's guide to the city, but also an anthropologist's guide to the idea of metropolis."--Jeanie Riess"Gambit" (11/01/2013)

"Unique maps and eclectic essays pair to create a thought-provoking portrait of a singular city."--Anita Perala"Manhattan" (10/01/2013)

"An elegant and fascinating volume of maps, essays and artwork. . . . The result is intelligent, often beautiful prose and compelling maps in an exciting exploration of the idiosyncratic details, gestures and rituals that determine how people inhabit, love and perceive this elusive and entrancing city."--Katie Walenter"Gambit" (11/19/2013)

"'Unfathomable City's' secret weapon is its imaginative cartography. . . . Each chart, like a plate in a restaurant, has ingredients and flavors that take the reader deep into the city's history. If you think you know these streets, this atlas will make you want to walk them again."--David D'Arcy"San Francisco Chronicle" (11/24/2013)

"A deeply illuminating assemblage of maps and essays."--Lynell George"Chicago Tribune" (12/06/2013)

"The maps are playful, colorful and alive--in contrast to the utility we're used to with online mapping sites and apps. They're a joy to study; New Orleanians will no doubt pore over the map depicting the ongoing revival of once moribund St. Claude Avenue and the parade routes of the city's archaic but surviving social-aid and pleasure clubs. Tourists familiarizing themselves with the city may spend more time on the "Repercussions" map, tracing jazz history and club locations, or Billy Sothern's "sites of contemplation and delight," featuring sculpture gardens, synagogues and Meyer the Hatter. . . . Ms. Solnit and Ms. Snedeker prove that atlases can still fire the imagination and incite wonder."--Wayne Curtis"Wall Street Journal" (12/06/2013)

"A brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas. . . . Compact, lively, and completely original, Unfathomable City takes readers on a tour that will forever change the way they think about place."--Alan Petrucelli"" (12/19/2013)

"With "Unfathomable City," Solnit and Snedeker have produced an idiosyncratic, luminous tribute to the greatest human creation defined by its audience participants: the city itself."--Daniel Brook"New York Times" (01/03/2014)

"A fascinating look at New Orleans. Through 22 maps varying in their strange detail and beauty, each accompanied by an essay, Solnit and Snedeker put together a deep portrait of the city and so much of what makes it unique."--Vikas Turakhia"Cleveland Plain Dealer" (01/30/2014)

"A treasure trove of rich reminiscences that will be appreciated by the native, and appeal to past and future tourists."--Aron Row"City Book Review" (02/03/2014)

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"This series of atlases is one of my absolute favorites. Vivid, beautiful, and deceptively meaningful, Unfathomable City successfully pushes cartographic conventions. It explores what it means to know a place, not just the street grid. A delight to behold, this is an incredible achievement rarely seen in modern cartography." --William McNulty, cartographer, former director of maps at National Geographic, former graphics editor, New York Times

"This bright, rolling river of a book carries a chorus of mapmakers, writers, and artists singing of deep memory in New Orleans. Unfathomable City is a book to cherish--and sure to be a classic." --Jason Berry, New Orleans-based journalist and coauthor of Up from the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music since World War II

"Race, space, and place: this atlas is a people's ecology of persistent resistance, an open-ended historical geography guiding toward an indomitable future--a permanent revolution no less likely than the city itself. Read this book!" --Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center

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