50 Main Street: The Face of America

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This title is the quinessential Americana coffee table book, it's message of unity & solidarity are timely. It is an honest observation of who we are as a people; a reminder of our roots, values & history, based on immigration, integration, opportunities & hard work. It shines a light on all that we share in the core aspects of our life.

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Overview

This title is the quinessential Americana coffee table book, it's message of unity & solidarity are timely. It is an honest observation of who we are as a people; a reminder of our roots, values & history, based on immigration, integration, opportunities & hard work. It shines a light on all that we share in the core aspects of our life.

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For his ambitious and uplifting book of photos, Ribelli (Jah Pickney: Children of Jamaica), an Italian émigré, embarked on a six-year mission “to fight discord,” argues historian Douglas Brinkley in his foreword. Visiting 50 towns in 50 states, and one address—50 Main Street—he tells the stories of 50 Americans and their families. In California, George Sylva escapes a violent childhood in East L.A., joins the Navy as a combat cameraman, then builds a career in Hollywood before opening a boxing gym, where he helps teens troubled by gang violence. In Westfield, Mass., a doctor, Angel Morales, one of nine children sent to orphanages after his mother’s illness, becomes the first person in his family to go to college. Pearl Harbor has no such address (it was destroyed in the 1941 attack), so Ribelli meets Robin Tupa at her office at 174 Main St.—the lowest of the remaining addresses. Ribelli’s subjects are posed at home, work, and play, and he includes many supplementary photos to capture the essence of a place, usually with success, such as his shot of a nearly empty Jersey Shore. Some photos approach postcard cliché, though, such as a misty shot of the Oregon coastline. Ribelli’s experiences and perceptions are interwoven with his written profiles, and while at times distracting, they reveal an enthusiastic storyteller. Agent: Marcella Smith, Marcella Smith Associates. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937359157
  • Publisher: Cameron + Company
  • Publication date: 7/4/2012
  • Pages: 319
  • Sales rank: 337,304
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 13.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

At age 27, Piero Ribelli left Italy, moved to the United States, taught himself English, and started a new life as a professional photographer. Ranging from travel, portraiture and photojournalism, his photographs have appeared in magazines around the world He lives in New York City. Douglas Brinkley lives in Austin, TX. Mike Rowe lives in San Francisco.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    This book of photography and narrative is varied in its subjects

    This book of photography and narrative is varied in its subjects and landscapes, but singular in its message: more unites us than divides us. With beautiful imagery telling the story of the real America, Piero Ribelli captures the heart of our nation beautifully. I purchased this book after I saw it featured on the TODAY show, and was so impressed I've decided to gift it to many a friend and family members for the holidays!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Awesome book! Beautiful photographs and insightful stories. I

    Awesome book! Beautiful photographs and insightful stories. I absolutely loved it! What a great representation of America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    The photography is amazing! I feel like I went to all 50 states

    The photography is amazing! I feel like I went to all 50 states with him. One of the most beautiful book I've ever seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Piero Ribelli has captured the heart and the soul of Ameica wit

    Piero Ribelli has captured the heart and the soul of Ameica with this beautiful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    a beautiful book from beginning to end

    a beautiful book from beginning to end

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

    Piero Ribelli, an Italian-born American citizen has done what el

    Piero Ribelli, an Italian-born American citizen has done what elected officials, pundits, and armchair politicians have not: he has found the heart of America, through Americans. By a clever and poignant method -- finding a resident at 50 Main Street in each of the fifty states -- he has visited a cross section of the nation and shown its differences and its similarities. In the act of boldly introducing himself to each subject of the 50 portraits, he has taken to the stump not for gain, votes, etc., but to learn more about this country he adopted as his home a quarter century ago, and to give something: a voice to Main Street devoid of rhetoric and position. The narrative alone would be a worthwhile read, but in the way of the best art, the photography -- portraits and landscapes -- tell a deeper story of the magnificence of this diverse collection of people called Americans, touches us, and gives us a sense of being truly patriotic.

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

    Piere Ribelli is a masterful photographer who has been brave eno

    Piere Ribelli is a masterful photographer who has been brave enough to travel this amazing country and capture its essence in words and images. A great work of art that will live on for ages to come.

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  • Posted July 9, 2012

    Thats my Grandfather on the cover!!!! I can't believe that in o

    Thats my Grandfather on the cover!!!! I can't believe that in one of the editorials Mike Rowe and Dolly Parton commented on it! My grandfather is truly authentic!
    Brandi from NY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    No review

    Now, isn't this silly? B & N is asking for a review of a book which I ordered & don't have as the publication date is 7/28/2012!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 4, 2012

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