In the Neighborhood by Peter Lovenheim
The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time

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Based on a popular New York Times Op-Ed piece, this is the quirky, heartfelt account of one man's quest to meet his neighbors-and find a sense of community.

Journalist and author Peter Lovenheim has lived on the same street in suburban Rochester, NY, most of his life. But it was only after a brutal murder-suicide rocked the community that he was struck by a fact of modern life in this comfortable enclave: no one knew anyone else.

Thus begins Peter's search to meet and get to know his neighbors. An inquisitive person, he does more than just introduce himself. He asks, ever so politely, if he can sleep over.

In this smart, engaging, and deeply felt book, Lovenheim takes readers inside the homes, minds, and hearts of his neighbors and asks a thought-provoking question: do neighborhoods matter-and is something lost when we live among strangers?
 

About Peter Lovenheim

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Peter Lovenheim’s articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, and other publications. A graduate of Boston University School of Journalism and Cornell Law School, he is the author of four previous books, including Becoming a Mediator: An Insider’s Guide to Exploring Careers in Mediation. He lives in Rochester, New York.
 
Published April 5, 2010 by Perigee Books. 259 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Social history reporting can get dull in the abstract; happily, journalist and family man Lovenheim (Portrait of a Burger as a Young Calf) makes a personal project of his investigation into the disapp

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Lovenheim's book -- always respectful and courteous, like a good house guest -- explores the concept of community and the fact that many of us live lives isolated from our neighbors.

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The Washington Post

Too often, though, as Peter Lovenheim's "In the Neighborhood" makes clear, many people in this country do not know their neighbors well enough to complain about them by name, much less to give or get a helping hand.

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