The Address Book by Deirdre Mask audiobook

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power

By Deirdre Mask
Read by Janina Edwards

Brilliance Audio 9781250134769
8.53 Hours 1
Format : CD (In Stock)
  • $36.99

    ISBN: 9781799739142

An extraordinary debut in the tradition of classic works from authors such as Mark Kurlansky, Mary Roach, and Rose George. An exuberant and insightful work of popular history of how streets got their names, houses their numbers, and what it reveals about class, race, power, and identity. When most people think about street addresses, if they think of them at all, it is in their capacity to ensure that the postman can deliver mail or a traveler won’t get lost. But street addresses were not invented to help you find your way; they were created to find you. In many parts of the world, your address can reveal your race and class. In this wide-ranging and remarkable book, Deirdre Mask looks at the fate of streets named after Martin Luther King Jr., the wayfinding means of ancient Romans, and how Nazis haunt the streets of modern Germany. The flipside of having an address is not having one, and we also see what that means for millions of people today, including those who live in the slums of Kolkata and on the streets of London. Filled with fascinating people and histories, The Address Book illuminates the complex and sometimes hidden stories behind street names and their power to name, to hide, to decide who counts, who doesn’t—and why.

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the Kirkus Prize in History

An Indie Next List Selection

An extraordinary debut in the tradition of classic works from authors such as Mark Kurlansky, Mary Roach, and Rose George.

An exuberant and insightful work of popular history of how streets got their names, houses their numbers, and what it reveals about class, race, power, and identity.

When most people think about street addresses, if they think of them at all, it is in their capacity to ensure that the postman can deliver mail or a traveler won’t get lost. But street addresses were not invented to help you find your way; they were created to find you. In many parts of the world, your address can reveal your race and class.

In this wide-ranging and remarkable book, Deirdre Mask looks at the fate of streets named after Martin Luther King Jr., the wayfinding means of ancient Romans, and how Nazis haunt the streets of modern Germany. The flipside of having an address is not having one, and we also see what that means for millions of people today, including those who live in the slums of Kolkata and on the streets of London.

Filled with fascinating people and histories, The Address Book illuminates the complex and sometimes hidden stories behind street names and their power to name, to hide, to decide who counts, who doesn’t—and why.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Highly entertaining.” Sunday Times (London)
“Charming and engaging.” San Francisco Chronicle
“A radical treatise on class divisions in a nation that too often insists none exist.” Washington Post
“This is a fascinating volume revealing the racism and classism behind the street names and house numbers of the places in which we live. Deirdre Mask’s impeccable research and memorable stories make for a compelling history.” Ms. magazine
“A standout book of sociological history and current affairs.” Kirkus Review (starred review)
“Mask’s globe-trotting examination of street addresses…is filled with anecdotes, history lessons, and thought-provoking benefits and drawbacks to a system most of us take for granted.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Deirdre Mask

Author Bio: Deirdre Mask

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 8.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English