America at Home
From the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller America 24/7. The week of September 17, 2007, marked the largest collaborative project in Internet history as 100 of the top photojournalists and millions of Americans documented the concept of home. The result—which included several million photos—is the most extensive record of American home life at the beginning of the...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Running Press
(first published March 24th 2008)
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A fun look at America, and naturally, as a big fan of porches, I love the cover. Smolan is a photographer trying to capture the inner world of American families. It's a fun journey. There's a slightly liberal edge in that he emphasizes that America is just as much Buddhist as it is Christian (!) but still, it's fun to page through the thing. Smolan is the same photographer who masterminded the projects of the 1980s/90s series, A Day in the Life of America [or Canada, Italy, Spain, China, etc.].
This would make a great gift! Fascinating photos from all over the U.S. of how and where people live. Many different cultures, family groups and financial levels are represented. I first heard the author talking on NPR and the book sounded so interesting that I had to check it out. After I brought it home, my husband picked it up also. It's available via Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc, but if you buy it from their website, you can actually download your own cover!
In the style of A Day in the Life of America, this is a collection of photographs taken of families across the nation. The circumstances of each family vary widely and captions briefly explain a bit about those pictured. As a fan of the sport of people-watching (the only sport I am decent at) I loved the opportunity to be a "fly on the wall."