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Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the 21st Century Paperback – March 26, 1998
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James Howard Kunstler was born in New York City in 1948. He attended New York's High School of Music and art and SUNY Brockport (BA, Theater, 1971). He was a reporter for the Boston Phoenix, the Albany Knickerbocker News, and later an editor with Rolling Stone Magazine. In 1975 he dropped out of corporate journalism to write books, and settled in Saratoga Spring, New York, where he has lived ever since.
Kunstler's popular blog, Clusterf**k Nation, is published every Monday morning at www.kunstler.com and his weekly podcast, The KunstlerCast, is refreshed every Thursday.
Kunstler is also a serious professional painter. His work may be seen at www.kunstler.com
Top Customer Reviews
Kunstler has a tendency to wander: There's a chapter about an organic farmer, a chapter about African-American history culminating in the author's recommendation that many black kids should be put in orphanages (huh?), and two chapters that are essentially autobiographical. Also, the occasional use of words like "crudscape" adds spark to his writing, but Kunstler sometimes gets carried away by his own emotions. The author's description of a zoning dispute in his hometown of Saratoga Springs is so venomous and vulgar that he hurts only his own credibility. Kunstler should keep in mind that not everyone who opposes the New Urbanism is "evil" (his overused adjective), but rather are responding to the fact that people do like malls, large house lots, and travelling short distances by car, however harmful these preferences might be to the larger fabric of our metropolitan areas.
"Home from Nowhere" by James Kunstler, however, predicts the demise of suburbia in the near future and lays out principles and detailed suggestions how future cities, towns, and settlements by humans living in today's borders of the USA should be outlined.
The book is rich in details and enables both US citizens and immigrants such as me (from Germany) to understand what went so wrong with suburbia and its emphasis of providing a life in solitude. The ideas of "New Urbanism" are covered extensively and quite illustratively.
"Home from Nowhere" describes how cities and towns can be built or rebuilt that enable its residents to live in a social density traditionally associated with urban life (and in my country, Germany, the term "urban" had and has a positive connotation, socially mixed, culturally mixed, accessible, walking distance, public transportation).
James Kunstler has offered his own view on why Suburbia is such a wrong way of life - and I recommend highly his previous book "Geography of Nowhere". "Nowhere" means "Suburbia". The title of this book "Home from Nowhere" hence means "Home from Suburbia", meaning home back in the urban life within a city - returning from the wrong life in the outer rings and returning to the city - once the US cities are walkable, enjoyable, livable again. How to make the cities livable again ? This is the topic of the book.
Here are my own thoughts about US Suburbia as a German immigrant(who arrived here in 1998):
In the US, social interaction in Suburbia is mostly limited to church and schools (in the case of parish schools, the two are practically identical).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dated but worth a read if you have an interest in learning about how almost every city/town in the USA became (and still is) a near continuous stream of strip malls and suburban... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bill G.
This is one three books I picked up at the same on the general topic or urban growth and development. This would be a primer for anyone interested in community transformation.Published 14 months ago by Lee R.
Absolutely fascinating sequel to Geography of Nowhere! Kunstler continues to expound on the predicament we're in because of the atrociously built and designed American manmade... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Devon Porter
If you are tired of miles of suburban sameness and strip-malls, James Kunstler offers some alternatives. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gene Bowker
Great insight on the American Dream and New Urbanism. This is a talented writer and I hope he follows this book up soon!Published on December 21, 2011 by hello89
This is an excellent book about the the suburban debvelopment problem we as a nation face now. the author delientate very well how our unsustainable development spree is destroying... Read morePublished on June 25, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This book was a little ahead of its time as far as mass consumption was concerned.....not that popularity is the indicator of a great work. Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by J. Montgomery
good read dealing with the energy proublems the country and the world faces in the futurePublished on April 28, 2010 by havet1