Boston and Cambridge, MA: Pressed Wafer and Kat Ran Press, 2012. Shook, Melissa. Limited edition. Hardcover. Ca. 60p, many photos by the author. No jacket, as issued. One of 45 copies, signed by the author and hand-bound by master binder Sarah Creighton. Design and typography by Michael Russem. New. Item #31165
An evocative look at the Suffolk Downs backstretch in "poems and photographs." The "poems" consist of gritty yet lyrical conversations with "the people who work at such demanding and often hard-scrabble jobs--the trainers, grooms, hot walkers, exercise riders, jockeys and their agents, vets, horse shoers and dentists, feed, hay, and icemen." Beautifully designed and produced. Originally published at $150; the publisher has made available the last remaining copies at a lower price. Before she died in 2020, Shook donated her income from the book to a Suffolk Downs backstretch charity that no longer exists. To honor her wishes, we are donating a portion of our sales to Thoroughbred Charities of America, Inc. (TCA). Can be sent outside the US for less than the default shipping rate.