In the Neighborhood

In the Neighborhood

The Search for Community on An American Street, One Sleepover at A Time

Book - 2010
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Read Peter Lovenheim's posts on the Penguin Blog.

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?
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780399535710
Characteristics: xviii, 238 p. ; 22 cm.


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hgeng63 May 10, 2012

A real eye-opener of a book! I wonder if it could work in cities, since we all live in apts. on top of each other. I'm definitely going to check out the websites mentioned.

Jun 22, 2011

This is the best book to start a neighborhood-book-club, Ever! Even if neighbors can’t attend, the reading and inevitable discussion will enrich the neighborhood by instilling in each individual reader the trust that – with care and perseverance – we can each become nodes in a web others are weaving with us, unseen, and each for our own reasons; together we are the fabric of community.

Admittedly, Lovenheim is a skilled interviewer, an intuitive man, and an insightful observer. Nevertheless, since he as an individual could succeed at cultivating a potent bit of community into bloom in a neighborhood *purposefully designed* to house loners (my word for people whose value of privacy and status trump the need for connection), I’m positive that it can be done in any North-American street, where one individual
~ stumbles on a personally compelling reason to realize his/her desire for community is a priority,
~ has the wisdom not to take rejection personally, and
~ puts forth the effort to seek out neighbors with heart in hand.

If you have not found it yet, let this book’s tender determination be your reason to get off the fence and meet (and meet and meet) the people who can make your life truly sweet.

~Briana Barrett
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