50 Main Street


How have Americans changed, ten years after 9/11?

In telling the stories of people with something undeniably in common, 50 Main Street inspires readers to focus on the fundamental similarities they experience in their lives, rather than dwell on differences. Ribelli flew 31,000 miles, drove another 16,000 miles, spent a few hours on trains, and even enjoyed some ferryboat rides to reach all of his destinations. In a time when society seems more divided than ever, whether it be by political party lines, religious beliefs, social issues, or immigration policies, Ribelli chooses to focus on Americans with something in common their address to rediscover the people that embraced him when he first moved to the United States. The book moves seamlessly from state to state and introduces readers to Main Street, from the twin firefighters in Pennsylvania to 100-year-old Ralph in Nebraska. Recent immigration is described in the stories of a Christian Iraqi girl in Michigan and a Puerto Rican pediatrician in Massachusetts. A non-judgmental, modern-day Alexis De Tocqueville and more positive than Sinclair Lewis, Ribelli shares laughs, tears and even the occasional fried pie recipe.

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Author's Bio

At age 27, Piero Ribelli left Italy, moved to the United States, taught himself English, and started a new life as a professional photographer. Ranging from travel, portraiture and photojournalism, his photographs have appeared in magazines around the world. He lives in New York City.

Douglas Brinkley lives in Austin, TX. Mike Rowe lives in San Francisco.

Additional information

Dimensions 13.2 × 9.7 in

The Face of America

Written By

Piero Ribelli

Photographs By

Piero Ribelli

Foreword By

Douglas Brinkley

Published On

July 4, 2012

Number of Pages

Hardcover, 300


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