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GIVEAWAY+ REVIEW The Burning House: What Would You Take? by Foster Huntington @HarperCollins @TheBurningHouse

Book Description

July 10, 2012
If your house were on fire, what would you take? Foster Huntington has collected answers to this telling question from thousands of responders all over the world to get to the heart of what it is that people truly value. The result is The Burning House, featuring the best of Huntington's popular website, along with a wealth of all-new material. Fascinating and remarkably revealing, The Burning House provides a captivating keyhole into people's lives, feelings, and innermost thoughts that will especially appeal to the many fans of PostSecret, Not Quite What I Was Planning, Found, and Awkward Family Photos. Illustrated with sometimes moving, often unusual photographs of people's most prized possessions, The Burning House ingeniously celebrates the differences between human beings around the globe--and the surprising similarities that unite us all.

About the Author
Foster Huntington grew up in Portland, Oregon, went to a small liberal arts college in Maine, and is now a photographer based on the West Coast.


  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Original edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062123483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062123480



This book answers that all important question:  If your house is on fire, what do you take?  For each person in the book, the choices are all unique, as unique as the person.  For some, I agreed wholeheartedly.  Yes, of course, you take the passport, the wallet or purse, the animals and those items that mean something to you historically.  At the back of the book, there is an unscientific survey that counts up what people take.  I was surprise that books came in at number four, but paging through, you can see that people have indeed chosen out of print, special editions and just plain marked up copies that contain memories.  That warmed my soul!  

The photographs are all spectacular, although some more than others.  Each vignette is perfectly composed and even the simple ones are just stunning. I think one of my favorites is just a picture of someone wearing shoes made out of material that said "change the world".  He said that the only thing he wanted to save was himself.  That pretty much sums up the whole idea.  This would make a wonderful gift for that favorite photographer in your life.  It should also appeal to fans of PostSecret and Found.  I just loved it.

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  1. I would have to take precious family photos and my top favorite books.

  2. I would grab photo albums, a file case that has important documents, and a "memory box" that has some special stuff in it. Also, if there was time, some shoes I really like...
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

  3. pictures, checkbooks & credit cards (they aren't in my purse), jewelry that belonged to my mom and sister.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  4. Those old photo albums that really do have irreplaceable pictures.
    Interesting idea for a book. Thanks!

  5. I have important documents locked in a fire safe so I would have to grab that as well as my box of favorite books, photo albums (could throw them in box with books), framed pic of my late dad and late father-in-law, then if I had time, a few of the treasures my hubby has given me over the years (I keep all the cards he has given me locked in the fire safe with my other important documents)

  6. I would definitely grab my family photos and my medications. There are some other family items that would also be important.

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  8. I would have to take family pictures. Books can be replaced... (Harsh, I know)


  9. I was actually faced with this situation last September. There was an out of control wildfire 1/4mile from my house, and I had to evacuate. After I got everything you listed and the family pictures loaded into my car, I got all of my rare and signed books. I have two preciouses that were published in the 1880s. :-)

    pherlaithiel (at) gmail (dot) com

  10. I would grab my parents and just run....and the goldfish in a plastic bag as well as a potted plant. There is nothing more precious than life itself.


  11. As long as family and puppy were out.I would. Take my golden's ashes lost him a year ago and some sentimental things an embroidery. My grandma made for us and other little things.

  12. Just the obvious really, passport, I.D., credit cards. I have quite a few favorite books in the house. It might be tricky to get them all packed in time but they are all in one bookcase so I think I could do it.

  13. I'm really thinking that I would take my wedding album, my husband's ashes and some of his artwork.

    s dot atwood77 at yahoo dot com

  14. We have a small safe with all the important documents in it - birth certificates, marriage license, ss cards, passports, etc. Sorry but my makeup bag would have to come, too.


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