“A unique perspective on one of the most infamous cities in recent American history.” – Publisher’s Weekly
Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.
Stickers adorn our first memories, dot our notebooks and our walls, are stuck annoyingly on fruit, and accompany us into adulthood to shout our perspectives from car bumpers. They hold surprising power in their ability to define and provoke, and hold a strange steadfast presence in our age of fading physical media. Henry Hoke employs a constellation of stickers to explore queer boyhood, parental disability, and ancestral violence. A memoir in 20 stickers, Sticker is set against the backdrop of the encroaching neo-fascist presence in Hoke's hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, which results in the fatal terrorist attack of August 12th and its national aftermath.
Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.
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“Funny, nostalgic, and weird in the best possible way … all while making you want to dig up your old-school sticker collection.” - Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, author of My Monticello
“Startlingly original and gorgeously rendered, I will never forget this book.” – T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls