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When things are in the saddle

By Katherine A. Powers
November 19, 2006

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How did we, the American people, ever get so much stuff? How did we move from a meager ration of shallow closets to necropolises of self-storage facilities? The question is only rhetorical, of course, for the answer is shopping, our true national pastime. Jan Whitaker's ' 'Service and Style: How the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class" (St. Martin's, ... (Full article: 1097 words)

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