Mississippi Books and Writers

December 1999

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Trip trip

Text by Frederick Barthelme, photographs by Susan Lipper

powerHouse (Hardcover, $45.00, ISBN: 1576870510)

Publication date: December 1999


trip is celebrated Grapevine photographer Susan Lipper and distinctive prose stylist Frederick Barthelme’s new, conceptually ambitious artists’ book: an assembled narrative of a fictional road trip in America, destination and starting point unknown. Adrift.

The date is the present, but only slightly so. The viewer is cast without aid amongst snatches of text and vernacular objects, staged or found, that render the landscape neither familiar nor foreign. Semiotic interplay is introduced with seemingly objective signs and symbols, readable in a traditional sense, yet what meanings do they serve here?

Re-appropriating the documentary tradition of road photography, Lipper and Barthelme’s “trip” is a new American narrative, perfectly suited for our hyper-mediating times, and is by turns arcanely sophisticated, solipsistically funny, resolutely urbane, and grammatically hokey. An accessible joyride on many levels, trip is destined to become a landmark photography book.

trip will be the subject of an exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art in November, 1999.

Duty, Honor, Country: A History of West Point Duty, Honor, Country: A History of West Point

Nonfiction by Stephen E. Ambrose

Johns Hopkins University Press (Paperback, $15.16, ISBN: 0801862930)

Publication date: December1999 (Reprint edition)


First published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 1966, Stephen Ambrose’s Duty, Honor, Country: A History of West Point is now available in paperback for the first time, with a new afterword by former West Point superintendent Andrew J. Goodpaster which brings the story of the U.S. Military Academy from the mid-1960s up to the present.

The Testament The Testament

A Novel by John Grisham

Dell Island Books (Paperback, $7.99, ISBN: 0440234743)

Publication date: December 1999

Description from the publisher:

Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His heirs, to no one’s surprise—especially Troy’s—are circling like vultures.

Nate O’Riley is a high-octane Washington litigator who’s lived too hard, too fast, for too long. His second marriage in a shambles, he is emerging from his fourth stay in rehab armed with little more than his fragile sobriety, good intentions, and resilient sense of humor. Returning to the real world is always difficult, but this time it’s going to be murder.

Rachel Lane is a young woman who chose to give her life to God, who walked away from the modern world with all its strivings and trappings and encumbrances, and went to live and work with a primitive tribe of Indians in the deepest jungles of Brazil.

In a story that mixes legal suspense with a remarkable adventure, their lives are forever altered by the startling secret of The Testament.

Familiar Christmas Familiar Christmas

By Caroline Burnes (Carolyn Haines)

Harlequin (Paperback, ISBN: 0373225423)

Publication date: December 1999

The Supreme Court under Edward Douglass White, 1910-1921 The Supreme Court under Edward Douglass White, 1910-1921

By Walter F. Pratt, Jr.

University of South Carolina Press (Hardcover, $39.95, ISBN: 1570033099)

Publication date: December 1999

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