"Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream" Now Available For Preorder!
Posted: 01st March 2016
Update 9/25/16: I've set up a website dedicated to information about the book, what's in it, and where to get copies - you can check it out here.
Big news! My new book, Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream, releases September 15th and you can preorder it on Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Indiebound/Booksamillion/Indigo here if you are so inclined. I have been working nonstop to make sure that this new book surpasses my first book, Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences, in every way. Age of Consequences, released in December of 2014, has over 160 reviews on Amazon currently and a review average of 4.8 stars - thanks to people like you who read it and were kind enough to tell others what they thought. It was also a learning process and as soon as I was finished, I knew I wanted the next one to be a huge improvement, not just an incremental one. Here's what to look forward to:
More In-Depth Text and Interviews: One of the main things I wanted to expand on and improve in Dismantling the Dream was the written component. These places have compelling histories, and finding out more about the people involved with them and incorporating their stories was my first priority. What would it be like to actually be responsible for an enormous abandoned mall? How would you try to save a gorgeous theater decades after it had been closed? What would it be like to see the only bridge to your community burn and then find out nobody planned to rebuild it? What amazing events lie hidden in decades-old news articles that haven't been unearthed yet? Some of the stories I found are absolutely unbelievable, and I'm excited to share them.
More diversity: While this is a lifelong project and I still have many states and places yet to visit, I tried to really diversify the locations, which span over 10 states from Arizona to Massachusetts, and include mining towns, an ocean liner, the world's largest private zoo, an institution with a horribly dark past, the most amazing asylum I've seen, the most expensive school in America, and more. Chapters include: Taunton State Hospital, Pleasure Beach and Long Beach, Randall Park Mall, Fallside Hotel, Lee Plaza Hotel, Gary Indiana, Fort Pitt Casting, the SS United States, the Schenley School, Forest Haven, the Catskill Game Farm, the Victory Theatre and the Variety Theatre, and more.
Better layout/production: My new publisher, Carpet Bombing Culture, has produced some really lovely books such as Rebecca Litchfield's fantastic "Soviet Ghosts". From image reproduction to graphic design to the overall care in the style in which the chapters are presented, Dismantling the Dream is going to really raise the bar quite a bit, while still only costing as much as the first one.
Your support also helps me continue what I had always hoped would be a series of books on the subject - positive word of mouth, preorders, and an excited audience are really the biggest indicator of success to a publisher and what gets reviewers and the media to pay attention to it. That's up to the author and those who enjoy their work to generate these days. Much as I hate promoting things (I greatly prefer photographing, researching, and editing), your interest means quite a bit to this project and will help me push forward towards an expanding multipart series that will will honor and explore some truly fascinating pieces of our shared culture and heritage. I am truly thankful that I have been fortunate enough to find people like you who connect to and even love the places that have become such a defining aspect of my life. My promise to you is that I will do everything I can to ensure that if you enjoyed the first book, you'll love this one even more - and if you haven't checked out the first book, signed copies are available on my website that come with a 5x7 print of my choice and/or some other goodies and it's here on Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Indiebound/Powells/Booksamillion if you're curious. If you preorder Dismantling the Dream, Amazon will lock you in at whatever the cheapest price is between now and the release. Amazon's prices fluctuate often and this means if they get plastered one night and decide to sell it for 50% off for an hour, you'll reap the benefit. If you're not in the US, your version of Amazon most likely has it, or you can check at other online retailers of your choice.
Well, anyway, enough of that. I've been updating the Abandoned America website tirelessly also in the last few months and in just over a month, it will be the ten year anniversary of the Abandoned America site (!!!) so I have book events planned, great new places for the website, promotions on my social media (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter) for free books and prints, and other fun stuff to thank you for being a part of this trip and helping make it the phenomenal journey it's been so far.
Thanks again for making what I do possible. There isn't a day that goes by that I'm not grateful for it.