One Nightstand

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

A quietly compelling read, perfect if you’re part thoughtful citizen and part pedestrian gawker. Reality TV, train-wreck style voyeurism, no. Knowing that a garage light on Sunday evening means your neighbor is in his rubber boots washing the family cars and working out an OCD jones, yes.

“All these lights, and others, taken together formed a sort of constellation for me, a picture of my neighbors inside their homes, living their lives, side by side with mine. Picturing myself as one point of light within that constellation was comforting.”

Lovenheim is the keynote speaker for the Bellevue Neighborhoods Forum on April 6 and appears at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park on the 7th.

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