50 Main Street.

Author:Nola, Meg
Position:Book review

Piero Ribelli (author); 50 MAIN STREET; Cameron & Company (Nonfiction: Photography) 35.00 ISBN: 9781937359157

Byline: Meg Nola

Photojournalist Piero Ribelli came to the United States from Italy in 1985, with a love for Jack Kerouac and The Doors and a longing to make a fresh start. As a new American citizen, he set off on an epic cross-country journey and logged 31,000 sky miles along with 16,000 more miles by car, train, or whatever means of transport happened to be necessary. His goal was to seek out an address of 50 Main Street in each of the 50 states, and to show both the diversity and unity of the American people and the places they call home.

Ribelli's 50 Main Street: The Face of America offers not only rich visual portraits of sights seen, but also heartfelt interviews with Americans who speak with Southern drawls or Yankee twangs, who cherish the vast western plains or shrug off fierce Midwestern snowstorms as just being what winter's all about. There are Native Americans, African Americans, original Colonial descendants, and the rest of the country's celebrated melting pot; some residents were born in their present states, while others arrived there by happenstance or part of a long life's journey.

50 Main Street spotlights innkeepers, small business owners, doctors, volunteer firefighters, truckers, veterans, and Nebraskan Ralph Bottenfield, whose teetotaling may have helped him to celebrate one...

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