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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, July 16 2019 1:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

In his Bowling Alone work, Harvard professor Robert D. Putnam concluded that the decline in the American Bowling Alley as an institution reflects a similar decline in American social capital – the value of our human networks.

But there's more to the American Bowling Alley then just social capital.  According to Stanford professor Raj Chetty, the rise and fall of the American Bowling Alley likely reflects the rise and fall of nothing less than the “American Dream” itself – the belief in upward social mobility.   The American Bowling Alley is a bellwether of the American Dream.

What do these bellwethers of the American Dream look like? What visual clues about the American Dream – lost or found – do bowling alleys reveal? BOWLING THE AMERICAN DREAM seeks to answer these questions, visually documenting the American Bowling Alley and its bowlers.

The book will be approximately 112 pages, with over 100 photographs and an introduction by the photographer.  The book will be hardcover with a full color dust jacket, and the pages will be 100 pound coated stock.  A fantastic book for any coffee table or photography library!

Risks and challenges

Risks for BOWLING THE AMERICAN DREAM are minimal. Principal risks relate to publishing timeline and thus delivery date of the first edition. Book specification is also subject to change, except that the first edition of the book (the edition offered here) will only be produced in hardcover format, in full color, and on high quality paper.

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    Five Postcard Prints

    A set of five high quality, ready-to-frame, postcard sized prints from the book.

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    For $65, you will receive a first edition copy of Bowling The American Dream, signed by the photographer.

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    Signed First Edition plus Small Print

    For $135, you will receive a first edition copy of Bowling The American Dream, signed by the photographer, and a signed limited edition 11 x 14 inch print of a photograph from the book, ready for framing.

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    Signed First Edition plus Large Print

    For $225, you will receive a first edition copy of Bowling The American Dream, signed by the photographer, and a signed limited edition 13 x 19 inch print of a photograph from the book, ready for framing.

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    Bowling Outing with Jeff Sonnabend

    Have a team-building outing with the photographer at his local bowling alley! Jeff will join you and seven of your co-workers or friends for a night of bowling. The night includes a quintessentially American bowling alley snack bar dinner and two games of team bowling – rental shoes included – at the Rogers Bowling Center, Rogers, Arkansas (featured in the book). Also included are signed copies of the book for each of the bowlers.

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