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Threads of Life is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power, and politics told through the stories of needlework.

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A globe-spanning history of sewing, embroidery, and the people who have used a needle and thread to make their voices heard.

From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry, World War I soldiers coping with PTSD, and the maps sewn by schoolgirls in the New World, to the AIDS quilt, Hmong story clothes, and pink pussyhats, women and men have used the language of sewing to make their voices heard, even in the most desperate of circumstances.

Threads of Life is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power, and politics told through the stories of needlework. Clare Hunter, master of the craft, threads her own narrative as she takes us over centuries and across continents—from medieval France to contemporary Mexico and the United States, and from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland—to celebrate the age-old, universal, and underexplored beauty and power of sewing. Threads of Life is an evocative and moving book about the need we have to tell our story.

"Redmond uses an even pace and tone for academic details, such as the origin of a medieval tapestry, and speeds up and adds vocal variety when describing Hunter's excitement at seeing such notable works up close." ---AudioFile

Threads of Life

A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

Author Clare Hunter

Narrated by Siobhan Redmond

Publication date Apr 6, 2021

Running time 13 hrs

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