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From Barnes & NobleYou may share a wall or a street; you may be able to tell, from the number of cars in their driveway, if their daughter is home from college. But are they truly your neighbors? If you needed help, could you count on them? Ten years ago, Lovenheim noticed television trucks and ambulances outside a neighbor's home. He soon learned that the man who lived there had killed his wife and then himself. Lovenheim is haunted by the fact that he knew so little about this family, who had been his neighbors for seven years. This event spurred Lovenheim to get to know his neighbors, which to him meant spending a full 24 hours in their company as they go about their days and nights. These unusual visits form the basis for his provocative book.
Readers accompany Lovenheim on his sleepovers, meeting a retired surgeon, a single mom battling cancer, a young couple, and others, as well as the local mail carrier and newspaper deliverer. Also woven into the text is research about neighborhood design and community building. Sadly, we learn that Lovenheim's murdered neighbor, sensing she was in danger, called a friend in another town. Would things have been different if she'd felt comfortable enough to phone a neighbor? In the Neighborhood leaves you wondering: How well do I know my neighbors? And should I know them better? Read the book before the film. Julia Roberts has optioned it!