Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Review: Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Title: Humans of New York: Stories
Author: Brandon Stanton
Year Published: 2015

Genre: Adult Non-fiction
Pages: 433
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2017 Google Reading map)USA (NY)

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my daughter

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project--to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York. His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to, at present count, over eighteen million. In 2013, his book Humans of New York, based on that blog, was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the NY Times Bestseller List where it has appeared for over forty-five weeks.

Now, Brandon is back with the Humans of New York book that his loyal followers have been waiting for: Humans of New York: Stories. Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York, the dialogue he's had with them has increasingly become as in-depth, intriguing and moving as the photos themselves. Humans of New York: Stories presents a whole new group of people in stunning photographs, with a rich design and, most importantly, longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor. Let Brandon Stanton and the Humans of New York he's photographed astonish you all over again.

Review: My daughter's new boarding school assigns one book each summer for each grade level to read. This year, the junior class read Humans of New York: Stories so I read it as well. I forgot to post a review about the book until today. And, it is one of the YA award winners so it fits in with my goal to read the 2016 YA Award Winners before they announce the 2017 winners! Perfect. This book was one of the ten that won the Alex Award, adult books that will appeal to teen readers.

I follow Humans of New York on Facebook so get to see Brandon's work every once in a while. I love the photography; he captures people's essence and personalities so well. And the paragraph (or longer) story that goes with each person really touches at the heart of what it means to be human: anger, sorrow, joy, fear, excitement, pride. It's all there in these little tales. I think it helps us realize that we're all experiencing similar things and feelings. While I have not been homeless or an addict I can empathize with these people and their journey. When I read of a marriage, long-lost love, or birth of a child, I can celebrate with the storyteller.

Humans of New York is what this country needs right now: empathy and community.

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