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Overheard in America

Overheard in America

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The author of the irresistible Overheard series eavesdrops across America, catching enticing slivers of conversations ranging from the hilarious to the heartrending.


Imagine you're riding in a crowded elevator in New York City and overhear two young women talking: "Her personality makes her prettier." Or perhaps you're on the beach in Miami when the man beside you confesses: "It would have been a completely different life." Maybe you're lunching in Chicago when the lady at the next table declares: "I don't have a cold. This is the way I look without makeup!" If you're fascinated and intrigued, you're not alone. With an unassuming camera and countless notepads, artist Judith Henry has documented the hopes, fears, and real emotions that make Americans tick.

Henry has been using overheard sentences and photographs in her art since 1979. The author of Overheard at the Museum and Overheard While Shopping has now traveled cross-country to assemble Overheard in America, featuring more insights and eye-openers by anonymous people from all walks of life. Henry has always been a voyeur and an eavesdropper, hearing firsthand the praises, complaints, joys, and heartaches of real-life people. In her observations -- from Los Angeles to Chicago, from Miami to New York, and places in-between -- she's heard Americans' daily quarrels and hard-earned wisdom. On the beach or at restaurants, riding the train or dancing at bars, Americans have unknowingly shared their most beguiling and basic truths. Startlingly funny and starkly honest, Overheard in America captures the wonderful essence of our daily lives, offering a coolly unaltered portrait of America today.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743298568 | 
  • October 2006
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