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    DescriptionFrom the bestselling author of "The Art of Travel" comes a wittily intriguing exploration of the strange "non-place" that he believes is the imaginative center of our civilization. Given unprecedented access to one of the world's busiest airports as a "writer-in-residence," Alain de Botton found it to be a showcase for many of the major crosscurrents of the modern world--from our faith in technology to our destruction of nature, from our global interconnectedness to our romanticizing of the exotic. He met travelers from all over and spoke with everyone from baggage handlers to pilots to the airport chaplain. Weaving together these conversations and his own observations--of everything from the poetry of room service menus to the eerie silence in the middle of the runway at midnight--de Botton has produced an extraordinary meditation on a place that most of us never slow down enough to see clearly. Lavishly illustrated in color by renowned photographer Richard Baker, "A Week at the Airport "reveals the airport in all its turbulence and soullessness and--yes--even beauty.


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    Title
    A Week at the Airport
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alain de Botton, By (photographer) Richard Baker
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 107
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 204 mm
    Thickness: 10 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307739674
    ISBN 10: 0307739678
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T12.6
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC E4L: TRA
    BIC subject category V2: WGM
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 14
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    Ingram Subject Code: SL
    Libri: I-SL
    B&T General Subject: 790
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24370
    B&T Approval Code: A35502500
    BISAC V2.8: TRA002040
    DC22: 387.73609421
    LC classification: HE9797.5.G72 L625 2010
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: H82724000
    DC21: 387.73609421
    Illustrations note
    COLOR THROUGHOUT
    Publisher
    Vintage International
    Imprint name
    Vintage International
    Publication date
    21 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Alain de Botton is the author of three works of fiction and eight works of nonfiction, including "How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, "and "The Art of Travel. "He lives in London, where he founded The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com).
    Review quote
    "Simultaneously poignant and terribly funny . . . De Botton's most imaginative work yet." --"Spectator" "Funny, charming, and slender enough to pack in your carry-on." --"Daily Mail" "Surprising. . . . His observations on airport life are wry and thought-provoking." --"Telegraph" "Shrewd, perceptive and gently ironic." --"Independent"