The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power
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About the Author
Deirdre Mask graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude, and attended University of Oxford before returning to Harvard for law school, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She completed a master's in writing at the National University of Ireland.The author of The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power, Deirdre's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Guardian. Originally from North Carolina, she has taught at Harvard and the London School of Economics. She lives with her husband and daughters in London.
An entertaining quest to trace the origins and implications of the names of the roads on which we reside....The Address Book is [Mask's] first book, and she is already a master at shoehorning in fascinating yet barely germane detours just for kicks....Mask populates her daunting inquiries with a cast of stirring meddlers whose curiosity, outrage and ambition inspire them to confront problems ignored by indifferent bureaucracies. --Sarah Vowell, The New York Times Book Review
"An impressive examination of the origins of street names around the world....It's a damning look at the intersection of place, power and identity, tied together through Mask's absorbing and thoughtful voice."--Time, "100 Must-Read Books of 2020"
"Deirdre Mask's book was just up my Strasse, alley, avenue and boulevard. A classic history of nomenclature - loaded, complex and absorbing."--Simon Garfield, author of On the Map: A Mind Expanding Exploration of How the World Works
"I had hoped The Address Book would change the way I think about an oft-overlooked, seemingly banal bit of everyday life. I had no idea it would so change the way I think about life itself." --Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic and You May Also Like "The story of our streets is the history of our cities. Deirdre Mask reveals how the tales secreted within a street name can be as mesmerizing and mystifying as the city itself--and the people who call that place home. --Janette Sadik-Khan, Bloomberg Associates, former NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner "The Address Book is a deeply-researched dive into the surprising histories and meanings that lie behind the seemingly mundane way we name our streets and number our houses and buildings. Deidre Mask provides powerful insight into the ways these addresses not only structure our lives but function as a tool to classify and track people, reflecting the enduring divides of class, race, and power. A must read for urbanists and all those interested in cities and modern economic and social life." --Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class "Adam Gopnik observes that 'cities are their streets. Streets are not a city's veins but its neurology, its accumulated intelligence.' In this light, street addresses map not just a city's geography, but its very thoughts, and even its way of thinking. It is no accident that, in suburban sprawl, most people live on streets that go nowhere, or on parking lots with no proper street addresses at all. In this lively and eye-opening book, Deidre Mask unearths the many layers of meaning hiding just below the surface of the ways we place ourselves and others in our communities." --Jeff Speck, urban planner and author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time.