The Burning House: What Would You Take?

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Larry Smith
“This book is what user-generated content can be at its very best: personal, passionate, surprising, and, above all, something that will spark conversation after conversation among friends and strangers alike. Brilliantly curated and endlessly addictive, The Burning House opens your heart and sticks to your soul.”
New York Times
“Fascinating . . . provocative.”
The Guardian
“Answering this question reveals a great deal about your personality, priorities and interests.”
New York magazine
“Simple and lovely.”
New York Magazine
"Simple and lovely."
Frank Warren
“A poignant and revealing series of self portraits told in loving visual haiku.”
Brian Lam
“The Burning House is brilliant in its ability to remind us that what we value most are not usually possessions but what they stand for. These deceptively simple photographs are powerful biographical portraits.”
New York Times
“Fascinating . . . provocative.”
The Guardian
“Answering this question reveals a great deal about your personality, priorities and interests.”
New York magazine
“Simple and lovely.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062123480
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 689,399
  • Product dimensions: 18.60 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted August 23, 2012

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    So really, what WOULD you take if you had to escape a burning ho

    So really, what WOULD you take if you had to escape a burning house?
    This wonderful book contains lists of what people from around the world
    said would be top on their list; a photograph of the items accompanies
    each list. While many of the participants seemed to lean toward the
    artistic side (hence "cameras and accessories" was the top
    category of items listed), some of the more memorable were from the
    younger and older ends of life's spectrum. From a 10-year-old girl
    describing her hair brush: "I literally bring that brush with me
    everywhere. It's sort of like a good-luck charm" to wisdom from a
    70-year-old: "letters and ojects from a person very dear to
    me," the lists are interesting and will probably make every reader
    pause to wonder what those items are that should be in a suitcase near
    the door. Two other favorites: "Bottle of gin to reassure me
    during the fire. The same goes for a box of cigarettes and
    matches." and "A book of a hundred handwritten things my wife
    likes about me." A great conversation starter and yes, I'm
    revisiting my own list.

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