How We Live

Remember the book Material World: A Global Family Portrait? It’s a collection of photographs of families around the world with their ‘stuff.’ It was followed by Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, a collection of photographs of what those families eat in a typical week, and its companion book, What the World Eats, which included grocery prices and recipes.

Now there’s this book: Toy Stories: Photos of Children from Around the World and Their Favorite Things, which looks very interesting as well. It’s children around the world with their favorite toys- I thought it was fascinating how very gender specific most of them were in this selection.

Family of four, living in less than 200 square feet. It’s adorable. I admit, I am very partial to my kitchen space, and so is the rest of the family. The congregate there more than anywhere else in the house. But this is certainly sweet.

One of the books I’m having the FYG read for school is Agatha Christie’s Come, Tell Me How You Live (The Agatha Christie Mystery Collection), a memoir about her life at his Middle Eastern digs with her archeologist husband. Part of the reason for that is the title- a theme that runs through her book. We want to know and be known by others, we want to know how others live (or lived), whether in the past or now, and we like to tell others about our way of life.

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  1. Diana
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Hmm. I consider myself a HUGE Agatha Christie fan, and yet I’ve never read that book of hers! Probably because I found that part of her autobiography so intensely boring (not a fan of archaeology). However, your recommendation is good enough! I’ve just put it on reserve at the library! By the way, if you haven’t read her autobiography, I highly recommend it – it’s my favorite book of hers, and besides being intensely enjoyable, is incredibly informative about British life in the first half of the 20th century. Fascinating stuff.

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