Thorndike Press

The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal about Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power

  • Deirdre Mask
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  • ISBN-10: 1432884492
  • ISBN-13: 9781432884499
  • DDC: 388.1
  • Shipping Weight: 1.55 lbs ( .70 kgs)
  • 542 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released December 2020

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A Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction Finalist
One of Time Magazines’s 100 Must-Read Books

When most people think about street addresses, if they think of them at all, it is in their capacity to ensure that the postman can deliver mail or a traveler won’t get lost. But street addresses were not invented to help you find your way; they were created to find you. In many parts of the world, your address can reveal your race and class. Filled with fascinating people and histories, The Address Book illuminates the complex and sometimes hidden stories behind street names and their power to name, to hide, to decide who counts, who doesn’t ― and why.


Customer Reviews

“Engaging, illuminating, and with highly relevant current subject matter, this book is recommended for all readers, especially fans of popular history and politics.”

— Library Journal (starred)

“An entertaining and wide-ranging debut. . . . Mask’s fluid narration and impressive research uncover the importance of an aspect of daily life that most people take for granted, and she profiles a remarkable array of activists, historians, and artists whose work intersects with the evolution and meaning of street addresses. This evocative history casts its subject in a whole new light.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Throughout this eye-opening book, the author clearly demonstrates that package deliveries constitute a minuscule part of the significance of addresses ― not only today, but throughout human history. . . . A standout book of sociological history and current affairs.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“From her history of the city grid to an on-the-street look at the NGO trying to give every slum in India an address, Mask leaves us with a greater appreciation of our efforts to find each other, and a peek into what the future may hold.”

— Booklist