Call of the Mall

The Author of Why We Buy on the Geography of Shopping

by Paco Underhill

The author of the international bestseller Why We Buy—praised by The New York Times as “a book that gives this underrated skill the respect it deserves”—now takes us to the mall, a place every American has experienced and has an opinion about.

Paco Underhill, the Margaret Mead of shopping and author of the huge international bestseller Why We Buy, now takes us to the mall, a place every American has experienced and has an opinion about. The result is a bright, ironic, funny, and shrewd portrait of the mall—America’s gift to personal consumption, its most powerful icon of global commercial muscle, the once new and now aging national town square, the place where we convene in our leisure time.

It’s about the shopping mall as an exemplar of our commercial and social culture, the place where our young people have their first taste of social freedom and where the rest of us compare notes. Call of the Mall examines how we use the mall, what it means, why it works when it does, and why it sometimes doesn’t.

  • Simon & Schuster; February 2004
  • ISBN: 9780743258296
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: Call of the Mall
  • Author: Paco Underhill
  • Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER

In The Press

The Atlantic Fascinating...Call of the Mall's unique contribution to the field is less the sociological analysis than the shock of personal recognition Underhill provokes as he lasers in on some unexamined moments in modern life. Only a retail specialist could be so attuned to the human condition in all its shabby, formless boredom...Underhill is our bard of the suburbs.