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

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

by Peter Lovenheim


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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.

**As seen in Parade, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Chicago Sun-Times, and more.

**Winner of the Zocalo Square Book Prize, and recently named a first selection by Action Book Club.

"It's impossible to read this book without feeling the urge to knock on neighbors' doors." 
-Chicago Sun-Times 

Journalist and author Peter Lovenheim 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399536472
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 440,475
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Peter Lovenheim is a journalist whose articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, New York magazine, and other publications. He teaches writing at Rochester Institute of Technology and is also the author of Portrait of a Burger as a Young Calf, a firsthand attempt to understand the food chain, and other books. He lives in Brighton, New York, a suburb of Rochester.

Table of Contents

Introduction xv

1 Waking at Lou's 1

2 "A Considerable Trauma" 38

3 Footprints 66

4 The Top of Their Games 80

5 No Bed, No Breakfast 102

6 The Woman in the Castle 122

7 Motion Sickness 150

8 A Father Ten Feet Tail 164

9 Misdirected Mail 190

10 Connections 203

Epilogue 227

Sources/Resources 237

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