The Resource A book of reasons, John Vernon

A book of reasons, John Vernon

Label
A book of reasons
Title
A book of reasons
Statement of responsibility
John Vernon
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Every family has its odd character, the one member who never seems right with the world. In his pairing of family history with the history of civilization, John Vernon discovers the extraordinary sources of ordinary things in the life of his reclusive brother, Paul."--BOOK JACKET. "When Paul died and John was charged with settling his affairs, he came face to face with a life he had never suspected. His brother's house in southern New Hampshire was in a state of squalid disrepair: piled high with a lifetime of trash, unheated and decrepit, pitifully unlivable. An assembly worker and an amateur inventor, Paul had managed to keep his sad and strange world hidden from his family and acquaintances."--BOOK JACKET. "Why does a childhood full of promise turn wrong? Why do we clutter our lives with things? How do we make and understand our world? Vernon seeks answers in the most unexpected places. Buying a hammer at Wal-Mart inspires a short history of tools, Paul's wake occasions an investigation of embalming, and cleaning out his house gives rise to a history of central heating and of domesticating environments - all in an attempt to "comprehend a life that left behind not splendid monuments but ordinary wreckage.""--BOOK JACKET. "The result is a book of reasons: reasons for his brother's way of life, reasons for his own response to Paul's death. In the process, he discovers how reasons enable all of us not only to better understand the world and its mysteries but also to accept what can never be explained."--BOOK JACKET
Member of
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vernon, John
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3572.E76
LC item number
Z465 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Vernon, John
  • Novelists, American
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Eccentrics and eccentricities
  • Brothers
  • Recluses
Target audience
adult
Label
A book of reasons, John Vernon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-272)
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xii, 272 p.
Isbn
9780395944776
Lccn
99015173
System control number
OCM41108515
Label
A book of reasons, John Vernon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-272)
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xii, 272 p.
Isbn
9780395944776
Lccn
99015173
System control number
OCM41108515

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