You Are Here
Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination
122 color illustrations, 50 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 11/1/2003
|Mapmaking fulfills one of our most ancient and deep-seated desires: understanding the world around us and our place in it. But maps need not just show continents and oceans: there are maps to heaven and hell; to happiness and despair; maps of moods, matrimony, and mythological places. There are maps to popular culture, from Gulliver's Island to Gilligan's Island. There are speculative maps of the world before it was known, and maps to secret places known only to the mapmaker. Artists' maps show another kind of uncharted realm: the imagination. What all these maps have in common is their creators' willingness to venture beyond the boundaries of geography or convention.
You Are Here is a wide-ranging collection of such superbly inventive maps. These are charts of places you're not expected to find, but a voyage you take in your mind: an exploration of the ideal country estate from a dog's perspective; a guide to buried treasure on Skeleton Island; a trip down the road to success; or the world as imagined by an inmate of a mental institution. With over 100 maps from artists, cartographers, and explorers, You are Here gives the reader a breath-taking view of worlds, both real and imaginary.
Kitty Harmon is an incurable map collector and occasional map maker. She is a principal at Tributary Books in Seattle, Washington.
It's Wonderful! (rating 5 out of 5):
I bought this book sight unseen to be a Christmas gift. My wife and I paged through and were both amazed. It really is wonderful; a different type of book. I will buy at least two more (and maybe a second to keep) before Christmas as gifts.
- James Bricken from California (11/20/2003)