Leisureville: Adventures in a World Without Children

Leisureville: Adventures in a World Without Children

by Andrew D. Blechman

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Leisureville: Adventures in a World Without Children by Andrew D. Blechman

When his next-door neighbors in a quaint New England town suddenly pick up and move to a gated retired community in Florida called The Villages, Andrew Blechman is astonished by their stories, so he goes to investigate. Larger than Manhattan, with a golf course for every day of the month, two downtowns, its own newspaper, radio, and TV station, The Villages is a city of nearly one hundred thousand (and growing) missing only one thing: children.
In the critically acclaimed Leisureville, Blechman delves into life in the senior utopia, offering a hilarious firsthand report on everything from ersatz nostalgia to the residents’ surprisingly active sex life. But this is more than just a romp through a retirement paradise; Blechman traces the history of the age-segregated retirement phenomenon, and travels to Arizona to show what has happened to the pioneering developments after decades of segregation. A fascinating blend of serious history, social commentary, and hilarious, engaging reportage, Leisureville is an important book on a major, underreported trend.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555848446
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/14/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 258,287
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

ANDREW D. BLECHMAN is the author Leisureville: Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias and Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird. His writing has appeared in numerous publications including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and the International Herald Tribune. He divides his time between Massachusetts and Germany.

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Leisureville: Adventures in a World Without Children 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
WildGoose More than 1 year ago
Leisureville is a poorly researched book about life styles in senior communities with an emphasis on the Villages in Florida. The author dwells on people (perhaps fictional characters) he can make look totally ridiculous and by extension all who live in senior communities. Out of a total population in the Villages of 70,000, the author picks one resident he calls "Mr. Midnight" who is a 70 something bar-hopping womanizer and another who is a transvestite to explore the life of typical residents. The author describes most of his research as time spent in local bars. In the Villages, community centers and churches are numerous and prominent and pick-up bars are few and far between. There are 1,500 organizations and special interest clubs in the Villages. Typical of this book, the author picked the "Idiot's" club, to profile as an example of community organizations in the Villages. An early section of the book provides a sketchy history of senior living communities in the USA. Out of thousands of these communities, the author found only one that was exempted from the local school district (located in Arizona). The author therefore warns that senior communities are a threat to America because such communities opt out of paying local school taxes. The author is critical of the Villages management and residents for participating in local county government. He thinks there is something wrong for a senior community to get representatives elected to the local county board and work to get things accomplished that benefit their own community. He doesn't seem to understand that it is natural and appropriate for a large community that actually pays most of the taxes in a county and has majority of the residents to expect representation and benefits. The author states that senior life style communities shouldn't exist because he alleges, without documentation other than the statements of a couple of unnamed Village residents that seniors opt out of the political process. This obviously false premise contradicts the author's complaints about the dominance of the Villages in county politics. The Villages has numerous active political organizations of all kinds that the author could have found with little or no trouble had he really attempted to do research for this book. The book also tries to make an argument, almost solely based on the author's personal preferences, that people of all ages must live together for communities to be successful. A whole chapter is dedicated to this premise. The author fails to explain why the Villages and many other senior lifestyle communities have proven to be so successful that they have made their counties and/or regions some of the fastest growing areas in the Country. He also says that it is somehow wrong for seniors to enjoy themselves. As a senior who lives near the Villages, I know that most other seniors who live in the Villages feel they deserve a little of the "good life" as they near the end of their lives and go through the typical pattern of problems and pain as the body grows frail with age. Senior lifestyle communities, like the Villages of Florida, is a fascinating topic for a competent person to research and write about. Unfortunately, Leisureville is a dishonest and misleading book and not representative of any senior community.
Galtier More than 1 year ago
This book tells it like it is. Bottom line, how can there be a "city".... not just a adult restricted community in a city... that does not allow children and thus no schools. The residents pay no school taxes after having experience a childhood where fellow citizens paid their share  to support the next generation. My opinion is that "The Villages" is immoral.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book itself is very biased. The author,who is forty years old, believes that these types of communities are just plain bad. While he talks about Del Webb and other communities, his main objective is The Villages in Lady Lake Florida. He beleives that the builders/ developers are corrupt and will eventually bail out leaving the people living in The Villages to fend for themselves.The underlying theme is how can there be a place without young people. Where are the kids play grounds? Where are the maternity wards? The old peple are selfish and only care about themselves, He tries to interweave his story wih a little sex---The book is biased. It is written by someone who appears to be jealous, who thinks that the occupants are being taken advantage of and who are selfish and self serving, He forgets that the occupants have a choice and that they have worked hard for the choice to live out their golden years. While to him ,who is still relatively young ,these villages are dull and selfserving places without children .Twenty five yers fromn now when he is 65 he will forget what he wrote and want to join the good life in his golden years Interesting , but biased and one sided by a younger bitter man who seems to be mainly bitter because there are no children. Caution this book will be only ineresting to those who live the so called good life. Others will find it boring and onesided. I do not recommend
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Mountie62 More than 1 year ago
Since my husband and I are new "Villagers" and I heard that this book was hilarious and about living in The Villages, I bought it. What a waste of money! The author apparently has a burr under his saddle about age segregation. Also, the book was written less than three years ago and The Villages is quite different from what is depicted in the book. There is no mention of the wonderful charter schools, the thousands of people who volunteer or the constant growth. We love living here and our families visit us often. Although the author did a lot of research on retirement communities and I have never been to those places in Arizona, I think his information is outdated and misrepresents The Villages.
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