J. Sutter is on The List - The King of the Junketeers - one of the select freeloading journalists and expense account abusers who are invited to cover any event ,no matter how small. J. has been sent by a travel web site to West Virginia to cover the first annual 'John Henry Days', a festival to celebrate the launch of a New US postal stamp ...Read MoreJ. Sutter is on The List - The King of the Junketeers - one of the select freeloading journalists and expense account abusers who are invited to cover any event ,no matter how small. J. has been sent by a travel web site to West Virginia to cover the first annual 'John Henry Days', a festival to celebrate the launch of a New US postal stamp commemorating the Famous American folk hero, John Henry. Immortalised in ballads, John Henry was a labourer on the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad who, in a test of strength and stamina, tested his mettle against a steam drill, only to die moments after the victory from exhaustion. Interweaving the stories of J. and John Henry, Colson Whitehead explores the parallels between the Industrial age which killed John Henry and the Information Age which is destroying J.'s soul. Through their two lives, Whitehead traces the evolution of the ballad of John Henry, juxtaposing history, popular culture, journalism and the oral tradition, revealing a riveting portrait of how a nation creates its present through the stories it tells of its past.Read Less
Very good in very good dust jacket. AQ2-A first edition hardcover book signed and inscribed by the author to previous owner in very good condition in very good dust jacket that is mylar protected. Dust jacket and book have light discoloration and shelf wear. Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. book: crimp to top & bottom of spine, 2 very small areas of light discoloration to bottom, a few tiny mild scuffs to bottom edge, 389 p. boards a little loose. dj: a few areas of very slight wrinkling along top edge, slight shelfwear to spine. a nice unread copy with bright complete dj in mylar protection. signed by author on title page.
Fine. Signed by Whitehead. An Advance Reader's Copy in pictorial wrappers. On assignment for a travel Web site, J. Sutter, a young African-American freelance journalist, heads for West Virginia to cover the "John Henry Days" festival in honor of the new U. S. Postage stamp honoring John Henry and discovers the real-life story of John Henry and its relevance to his own life and times. By the author of The Intuitionist.; Signed by Author.
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