A Philadelphia Affair

Beth Kephart
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PB: $14.95
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Publication: Oct 17

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176 pages
5.5 x 8.5
39 halftones

From the best-selling author of Flow comes a love letter to the Philadelphia region, its places, and its people

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Philadelphia has been at the heart of many books by award-winning author Beth Kephart, but none more so than the affectionate collection Love. This volume of personal essays and photographs celebrates the intersection of memory and place. Kephart writes lovingly, reflectively about what Philadelphia means to her. She muses about meandering on SEPTA trains, spending hours among the armor in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and taking shelter at Independence Mall during a downpour. In Love, Kephart returns to Reading Terminal Market at Thanksgiving: “This abundant, bristling market is, in November, the most unlonesome place around.” She ponders the artists of Old City. She studies the geometry of streets and considers the history of sidewalks. Kephart also extends her journeys to the suburbs—Glenside, Bryn Mawr, and Ardmore—and beyond, to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; Stone Harbor, New Jersey; and Wilmington, Delaware. What emerges is a valentine to the City of Brotherly Love and its environs. In Love, Philadelphia is “more than its icons, bigger than its tagline.”

Table of Contents

Preface I: MEANDERINGS Treasure Hunt: Guyer Avenue, Southwest Philadelphia Time In, Time Out: Riding the SEPTA Rails The Ghosts of Bush Hill: Fairmount Them, Then; Us, Now: Woodlands Cemetery Into the Woods: Wissahickon Creek Art Central: Old City River Redemption: Schuylkill River Where Gossip Begins: Memorial Hall psychylustro: The Northeast Corridor City Sidewalks Room for a View: City Hall Tower The Students Stay Young; the Teacher Grows Old: Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania Wrecking Ball: South Philadelphia Sports Complex In Between: Street by Street II: INTERIOR SPACES Body Language: North Broad Street, Louise Reed Center for Dance So Many Doors, So Many Windows: Wayne Art Center Of Feathers and Fur: The Martha Street Hatchatory, East Kensington Where Literature Lives: Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch The Artist and the Foundrymen: Port Richmond All in the House: Reading Terminal Market at Thanksgiving Things Are Disappearing Here: Fairmount Water Works Essential Dualities: Philadelphia Museum of Art Past, Present, Future: 30th Street Station III: FRINGE WORK Double Dipping: Stone Harbor, New Jersey Family for the Day: Lancaster County Lost and Found: Glenside River Road: New Hope and the Delaware River Garden Retreat in the High Heat of Summer: Chanticleer Garden On a Wing and a Prayer: Hawk Mountain Heart on the Horses: The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair I Thought I Could Dance: Ardmore Accidental Tourists: Wilmington, Delaware Skytop Lodge: The Poconos After the Storm: Beach Haven, New Jersey, Pre-season Earthly Ambitions: Bryn Mawr Farmers’ Market Notes on Her Memory: Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge National Historical Park The Lights Fantastic: Montgomery and Delaware Counties, Tredyffrin and Willistown Townships Home Credits and Acknowledgments

About the Author(s)

Beth Kephart is the award-winning author of more than twenty books, including This Is the Story of You, Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir, Flow: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River, and Small Damages. She has been nominated for a National Book Award, has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, and has won the national Speakeasy Poetry Prize. Kephart writes a monthly column on the intersection of memory, place, and idea for the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a frequent contributor to the Chicago Tribune. She teaches memoir at the University of Pennsylvania and is a co-founder of Juncture Workshops,