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Home: The Blueprints of Our Livesby John Edwards
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Most of us can trace the shape of our lives back to a physical place — a childhood home that played an enormous role in defining how we see ourselves and how we choose to make our way in the world. In Home, John Edwards has collected nearly sixty moving stories that reflect how these places, in many ways, are the blueprints of our lives. Home features uplifting, touching, and engaging narratives from all kinds of people across the country — everyday Americans with deeply inspiring stories share the pages with well-known figures from entertainment and religion, from politics and sports.
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Through words, photos, and illustrations, Home paints a moving picture of America at its best — a country where people, no matter their background, no matter their circumstance, can build a great future. One by one, these different stories reveal our common story — a story that begins with the home we grew up in, the values it gave us, and the hopes that we share.
"Former senator from North Carolina and John Kerry's running mate in 2004, Edwards delivers a poignant coffee-table meditation on an institution as intensely venerated in America as it is universal: home. Some 60 Americans — from novelist Isabel Allende, chef Mario Batali, musician John Mellencamp, quarterback Joe Montana and architect Maya Lin to numerous lesser-known professionals in social work, farming and academia — contribute reflections on the place where they grew up or the locus that has meant the most to them in their lives; large full-color photographs of those places accompany their stories. Their first-person testimony is consistently engaging and downright endearing. Danny Glover, for example, recalls his family's house in the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco as the source from which he and his siblings inherited their lifelong consciousness of 'equanimity and responsibility, ownership and aspiration.' Paging through the book offers the reader a pleasant sense of discovery — of how people feel about how they live. Edwards's introduction, which unfortunately reads like a political speech, gives way to an inspiring, myth-making journey through diverse lives sprung from a vast, ever changing America. (Nov. 14)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information)
From the popular former senator and 2008 presidential hopeful comes an inspiring mosaic on the meaning of home and how it collectively defines us as a nation.
About the Author
John Edwards graduated from North Carolina State University in 1974, and then earned a law degree in 1977 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1998, Edwards ran for Senate and won, defeating an incumbent senator. He ran for president in 2004, and became the Democratic nominee for vice president that same year. He is currently the Director of the Center for Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John and his wife, Elizabeth, have had four children.
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