A landmark collection of nearly 100 essays by New York Times journalist Dan Barry, selected from 10 years of his popular column entitled "This Land," that presents a rarely-seen and profoundly powerful portrait of America, made up of shimmering snapshots of everyday people and places.
In 2007, while sipping a pint with his colleagues, New York Times journalist, Dan Barry, suggested writing a column about America. Not the America on the evening news or in the headlines on the homepage, but the America that is defined and redefined every day by the men and women who comprise it. Since then, Dan Barry has traversed the United States to report and write his widely acclaimed "This Land" column -- the title plucked from Woody Guthrie's famous folk song -- visiting most states (in many cases, more than once). Over the past ten years, Dan has consistently delivered revelatory, provocative, and deeply affecting stories, each a window into our nation's forgotten institutions, its underrepresented subcultures, its hidden lives.
Bringing together the best of Dan's ten-year odyssey-with select images shot by such extraordinary photographers as Angel Franco, Nicole Benigveno, and Todd Heisler-This Land will evoke the remarkable human richness and diversity of experience, the tensions, contradictions, and inequities, that make our country what it is. By assembling Dan's signature literary snapshots of American life, This Land will create a mosaic of our recent shared history, capturing how our nation is at once flawed and exceptional, backward and ascendant, as violent and cruel as it can be gentle and benevolent.