You Are Here by Katharine Harmon
Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination

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Mapmaking fulfills one of our most ancient and deepseated 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.

About Katharine Harmon

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Katharine Harmon is a principal at Tributary Books in Seattle, Washington.
Published October 1, 2003 by Princeton Architectural Press. 192 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Arts & Photography, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Harmon has cannily selected a variety of essays, humorous, personal, analytical: e.g., Bridget Booher's chronological "map" of every injustice done to her body, Roger Sheffer's absorbing analysis of the little maps drawn in the registers of shelters along the Appalachian Trail, and Hugh Brogan's ...

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Katharine Harmon's You Are Here, an ingenious exploration of the border-bending speculative capabilities of mapmaking, was published six years ago, and remains a book I love losing myself in from time to time.

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The 100-plus images of maps collected here range from prehistoric petroglyphs and Leonardo’s maps of the human circulatory system to the cartography of shifting cloudscapes;

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