Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers

Becky Cooper. Abrams, $19.95 (120p) ISBN 978-1-4197-0672-1
"Maps are more about their makers than the places they describe. Map who you are. Map where you are. Map your memories." Cooper, writer, cartographer, and a native New Yorker, carefully assembles a surprisingly intimate collection of life stories from her art project, mapyourmemories. Laboriously hand-printing blank maps of Manhattan, she walks the length of the island asking strangers to provide their own narrative of New York. When Cooper receives her illustrated Manhattans, she finds a barrage of personal memories: from humorous insights to confessions, lost loves and childhood reminiscences; the vignettes, through maps, become love letters offering tribute to New York past and present. The maps represent New Yorkers and visitors from all walks of life: MTA employees, students, can collectors, mail carriers, artists, and city planners side-by-side with well-known New Yorkers such as chef David Chang, Yoko Ono, and Harvey Fierstein. New York reveals itself as "simultaneously no one's city and everyone's city." Relationships to the city by those who have lived and loved in New York are interspersed with Cooper's own history, artful illustrations, and quotes from street encounters. Cooper's beautiful project linking the lives of New Yorkers is one that will continue to grow. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/29/2013
Release date: 04/01/2013
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 120 pages - 978-1-61312-469-7
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