17 photographs, 24 illustrations
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In Quotidiana Patrick Madden illuminates common actions and seemingly commonplace moments, making connections that revise and reconfigure the overlooked and underappreciated. Madden muses on the origins of human language, the curative properties of laughter, and the joys and woes of fatherhood. Sparked by considerations of selling garlic, washing grapes, changing a diaper, or chipping a tooth, his essays are an antidote to the harried hullabaloo of talk-show and tabloid culture—and a reminder that we are surrounded by wonders that whisper to the curious and attentive.
Ingenuous and erudite, and with a beguiling wit, Madden examines the intricate tapestry of ordinary life in its extraordinary patterns. His book is a poetic and engaging exploration of the unexpectedly wide scope of our everyday existence.
List of Illustrations
The Infinite Suggestiveness of Common Things
Ego Vici Mundum
Gravity and Distance
Winner of the 2011 Independent Publisher Book of the Year Award
Winner of the 2011 Association for Mormon Letters Award
Bronze Winner of the 2011 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award
Finalist for the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award