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255 pages

Material World, A Global Family Portrait

Creator: Peter Menzel, Charles C. Mann | Photography - 1994

Photographs show the homes and possessions of average families in thirty countries around the world and document each family's lifestyle

Publisher: Univ of California Press

About this book
Photo spreads, with brief commentaries, of possessions of families in more than 50 countries. Awards: SLJ Best Book. Annotation. A fascinating project--sponsored by a number of international organizations--resulting in this richly intriguing book (it will get well-deserved promotion and distribution via all sorts of media). Sixteen photographers traveled to 30 nations to live for a week with families that are "statistically average" for that nation. At the end of each visit, photographer and subjects collaborated on a portrait of the family, outside of its home, surrounded by all of its material possessions--a few jars and jugs for some, an abundance of electronic gadgetry for others. The 360 color photos are accompanied by information about the standard of living in each country, notes by the photographers about their experiences, and profiles of family members and their lives. We are witnessing the emergence of a unified world economy, as exemplified by NAFTA and GATT, that will, in theory, make goods available at cheaper prices, create new jobs throughout the world, raise standards of living, and benefit the average family. However, population growth and resource exploitation will also affect these potential benefits as patterns of consumption change. In stunning photographs and text, Material World demonstrates the present context for the emerging global economy, what it means to be "statistically average," by displaying families in more than thirty nations outside their homes - with all their possessions in view. Among the 350 stunning images are those of a family in lush Samoa juxtaposed with a Kuwaiti family and the two Mercedes-Benzes parked outside their desert home a family in Iceland posing with their treasured string instruments while a family in Sarajevo huddles outside their bullet-ridden apartment. The text describes what it means to be "average" in each of thirty very dissimilar cultures and the impact of each way of life on the local environment. Statistical information about each country accompanies the photo-essays so that readers can easily compare one culture with another.



32 pages

Ug, Boy Genius of the Stone Age and His Search for Soft Trousers

Creator: Raymond Briggs | Boys - 2002

"Ug and his parents live in the Stone Age.

Publisher: Random House

About this book
A funny and thought-provoking account of one boy's refusal to accept the limitations of his Stone Age world. Ug and his parents are living in the Stone Age. And that means stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers! Being an inquisitive and intelligent child, Ug suggests a series of modifications to improve the quality of family life. His ideas about heating, cooking, boats, and balls that actually bounce are met with a hostile reaction by his parents who don't know what he's going on about. Even Ug himself is occasionally unsure of the purpose of his inventions -- his round stone that rolls down the hill is great, but what is it actually for? With the help of his father, who is slowly coming round to his son's way of thinking, Ug comes tantalizingly close to his ultimate garment goal, only to find that there are some obstacles even a boy genius can't overcome.



192 pages

The Rough Guide to the Best Android Apps

Creator: Peter Buckley, Andrew Clare | Computers - 2012

"The 400 best for smartphones and tablets"--Cover.

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

About this book
So many apps and so little time. How do you get to the best with a minimum of fuss? The Rough Guide to the Best Android Apps solves the problem. It reveals the 300 best free and paid for applications for smartphones and tablets in all categories. Whether its navigation or news, photography or productivity, games or utilities this book highlights the best Android apps available from the marquee names to the hidden gems. Discover now the 300 apps your Android device should be using.


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