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“Fascinating….Provocative.”
—New York Times

“Answering this question reveals a great deal about your personality, priorities and interests.”
—The Guardian (UK)

If your house were on fire, what would you take? Foster Huntington has collected answers to this telling question from thousands of responders all over the world to get to the heart of what it is that people truly value. The result is The Burning House, featuring the best of Huntingtons popular website, TheBurningHouse.com along with a wealth of all-new material. Fascinating and remarkably revealing, The Burning House provides a captivating keyhole into peoples lives, feelings, and innermost thoughts that will especially appeal to the many fans of PostSecret, Not Quite What I Was Planning, Found, and Awkward Family Photos. Illustrated with sometimes moving, often unusual photographs of peoples most prized possessions, The Burning House ingeniously celebrates the differences between human beings around the globe—and the surprising similarities that unite us all.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Foster Huntington grew up in Portland, Oregon, went to a small liberal arts college in Maine, and is now a photographer based on the West Coast.

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Jennifer Hensley, August 6, 2012 (view all comments by Jennifer Hensley)
The real question is: what do you value the most?

This is an intriguing book. Beautifully done, it delves into a very real threat to us all: fire. What would you grab, granted you had the time, if your home were on fire? Most, of course, take for granted that they would save spouse/partner/pets, but then there is the list of things you'd want to take if you could. The lists include everything from the practical (keys, technology) to the bizarre (boxed water?) to the sentimental (photos, handmade things, heirlooms). Many participants explained their choices; for example, a few listed money so they'd have a place to stay after the fire.

It's really an exercise in minimalism, as the author's picture of two items will attest; what do you really need to survive?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062123480
Subtitle:
What Would You Take?
Author:
Huntington, Foster
Publisher:
It Books
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Art - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20120710
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 8 in 10.4 oz

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"Synopsis" by , 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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