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Book Review: In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time by Peter Lovenheim

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

By Peter Lovenheim

Perigee; 238 pages

What would you say if your 50-year-old neighbor asked to spend the night at your house? You might be inclined to call the police. You'd almost certainly think he was a bit weird. But that's just what journalist Peter Lovenheim did after a brutal domestic murder-suicide rocked his tony suburban Rochester, N.Y., block. "Did I live in a community or just in a house on a street surrounded by people whose lives were entirely separate?" he wondered. Starting in...

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