|The American Porch relates
the colorful and surprising history of the porch in a lively journey
architecture, literature, film, photography, and pop culture, from
Greece to modern day.
Solidly researched and engagingly
written, The American Porch weaves many narratives
into its larger
story-how the word "stoic" originated, how James Ives got Nathaniel
to begin chronicling ordinary American life, how the "front porch
became a staple of American politics, why filmmakers and novelists love
the porch, and how the porch, after vanishing from American domestic
after World War II, has made a comeback thanks to preservationists and
the New Urbanist movement in town planning and domestic architecture.
The American Porch
An Informal History
of an Informal Place
by Michael Dolan
The Lyons Press, 2004.