- Author:Michael Dolan
- Publisher:The Lyons Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2002)
- Pages:352 pages
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Dolan) takes us on an irreverent yet informative tour. Ease back in your rocker with a bourbon and a bloodhound by your side, and drink in this panoramic history of America's noblest, and most eminently suitable, haunt.
Dolan) takes us on an irreverent yet informative tour. -The Library Journal. Reading this book feels like sitting on a front porch listening to a master storyteller. Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and Stomping Grounds.
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The American Porch book. It is interesting to know the history of the various types of porches found in America, but I did skim parts that became a little tedious
The American Porch book. It is interesting to know the history of the various types of porches found in America, but I did skim parts that became a little tedious. Couple of friends have read it and also enjoyed the historical aspects. Good stories that related to people in history and understanding why various types of porches exist in different parts of the country. Mar 27, 2008 braden rated it liked it. Good stories and mostly good history.
The American Porch is an excellent book. The description, "an informal history of an informal place" describes the book perfectly. Lots of pictures, in color and black and white, help illustrate the variety in porch design going back centuries
The American Porch is an excellent book. Lots of pictures, in color and black and white, help illustrate the variety in porch design going back centuries. If you're a homeowner the book will aid you in clarifying your love/hate relationship with the front of your home. Mr. Dolan obviously did some serious thinking about his front porch before he contracted to have it built.
B&W and Color Illustrations. DJ price clipped ISBN: 1585746630 1. 0 (Porches, Outdoor Living Space, Architecture).
The American Porch: An Informal History Of An Informal Place. B&W and Color Illustrations.
Dolan shows how porches fit into American folkways and mass culture over the past 200 years, but he tends to skimp on details of physical object itself – how the American porch in all its remarkable variety was designed, what materials it was made of, etc. The photos are beautiful. Some plans and dimensions would have made the book more useful to designers and builders.
There¿s a personal side to all this, too: Dolan designed and oversaw construction of a classic four-pillared front porch to grace his 1926 bungalow in his hometown of Washington, . The story of that porch's decay and restoration not only inspired the book but serves as a touchstone in the author's story. About the Author: Michael Dolan has written for The New Yorker, Slate, Outside, The New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, and other publications.
Guest host John Ydstie speaks with Michael Dolan, author of The American Porch: An Informal History of an Informal Place.
In his book The American Porch: An Informal History of an Informal Place, historian Michael Dolan . History-minded participants-like straw-hatted, dry-humored Claude Stephens-took in talks and music on porches, even a play. Stephens is a seventh-generation Louisvillian
In his book The American Porch: An Informal History of an Informal Place, historian Michael Dolan asserts that slaves combined the precolonial African housefront with the native Arawak "bohio" in the Caribbean. West Africans had used an area in front of their home during the hot daytime hours, shading it with a roof supported by poles and elevating it a few feet to keep away biting insects. Stephens is a seventh-generation Louisvillian. He got national attention a few years ago for announcing that he'd formed the Professional Porch Sitters Union Local 1339.