Book Review: In the Neighborhood

Book Review: In the Neighborhood

I am not an avid reader of memoirs or personal stories. I find it easy to read fictional stories because they create a virtual world of make-believe. However, when I opened Peter Lovenheim’s book, I could not resist it. I began the first three pages, and the last thing I remember is that I had finished reading it in one sitting. In this review, I summarize Lovenheim’s book, assess the theme of the book, and give my recommendation of why I wish other people should read it.

Book Summary

In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time is a non-fictional memoir about Peter Lovenheim, a journalist and author born and raised in Rochester, New York. The book was published in 2010 by Penguin Publishing Group. The book thrives on a simple but inspiring question of "How do you know your neighbor?" In the first chapter, the reader is introduced to a disturbing incident when a person kills his wife before shooting himself to death. The man’s children manage to escape to a safe house in the neighborhood. The incident shocks everyone in the neighborhood. Lovenheim sets out to study his community after realizing that he did not know his neighbor. The memoir thrives on this theme of knowing one’s neighbor to explore the lives of people in Rochester. A few peop

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