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The Burning House: What Would You Take? Paperback – July 10, 2012
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From the Back Cover
Your house is burning. You have to get out fast. Suddenly you are forced to prioritize, editing down a lifetime of possessions to a mere handful. Now you must decide: Of all the things you own, what is most important to you?
The practical? Your laptop, your smartphone, what you need to keep working and stayin touch?
The valuable? Your money, your jewelry, the limited edition signed poster in the living room?
The sentimental? The watch your late grandfather gave you, the diary you kept as a teenager?
What you choose to bring with you speaks volumes about who you are and what you believe in—your interests, your background, your view of life.
With contributions from all over the world, The Burning House is an eye-opening pictorial meditation on materialism; an in-depth, intensely personal interview contained in a single question; a revealing window into the human heart.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book answers that all important question: If your house is on fire, what do you take? For each person in the book, the choices are all unique, as unique as the person. For some, I agreed wholeheartedly. Yes, of course, you take the passport, the wallet or purse, the animals and those items that mean something to you historically. At the back of the book, there is an unscientific survey that counts up what people take. I was surprise that books came in at number four, but paging through, you can see that people have indeed chosen out of print, special editions and just plain marked up copies that contain memories. That warmed my soul!
The photographs are all spectacular, although some more than others. Each vignette is perfectly composed and even the simple ones are just stunning. I think one of my favorites is just a picture of someone wearing shoes made out of material that said "change the world". He said that the only thing he wanted to save was himself. That pretty much sums up the whole idea. This would make a wonderful gift for that favorite photographer in your life. It should also appeal to fans of PostSecret and Found. I just loved it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Foster Huntington is a great guy and delivered this book flawlessly. He thinks out of the box and delivers everytime.Published 10 months ago by Ben nutter
A great insight into what it means to own "stuff" vs whats truly important in lifePublished 11 months ago by Kyle
So interesting to read what people would save and then to try and pick what I'd save. Hard to do.Published on July 9, 2014 by P. B.
Very interesting book, my Wife loves it, very entertaining, she ordered it but I like it also, buy it and you won't be disappointedPublished on June 19, 2014 by THE KRELLDUDE
Such an amazing book. It was really easy to connect to the stories people shared. Makes you think a lot about what you would take if your house was burning.Published on March 2, 2014 by Kara Palladino
If your house was burning, what would you take with you? This is the question that Foster Huntington asked and The Burning House is the answer. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Brittany Moore
The kind of book you can really only look at once... but i like it. (: I'd recommend it for sure.Published on March 8, 2013 by Meggies