Hand-Drying In America

And Other Stories

by Ben Katchor

Hand-Drying in America

Hardcover, 159 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $29.95 | purchase

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The cartoonist author of The Cardboard Valise presents a visual exploration of the many ways property reflects influences and cultural values. The subjects of these strips include window-ledge pillows for people-watchers, artificial tree forests for allergy sufferers and high-visibility construction vests for lonely individuals.

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Hand-Drying in America and Other Stories is the newest book by Ben Katchor, and it isn't a graphic novel either. It's a collection of one-page meditations — on laps, open houses, the space under beds, window shopping, banisters, toaster crumbs — and, yes, restroom hand dryers, among other things — minute observations of urban landscapes that tell us stories about ourselves. In Katchor's world, a tenant is forced to leave his pre-war apartment because his late 20th-century physique

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Excerpted from Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories by Ben Katchor. Copyright 2013 by Ben Katchor. Excerpted by permission of Pantheon, a division of Random House.

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