The Place You Love Is Gone

The Place You Love Is Gone

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New York Times Book Review

Baker & Taylor
Citing how the pace of urban and rural development and progress has significantly increased since the 1960s, an exploration of the emotional consequences of "sprawl" shares the author's grief at changes within once-loved cities and neighborhoods. 17,000 first printing.

Norton Pub
"Smart and defiant. Rich with characters and anecdote and heart. A great success."--Anthony Swofford, New York Times Book Review
Has the future---ever more people with their houses, stores, roads, and sprawl; been wrecking your past? Melissa Holbrook Pierson, with unalloyed insight, elucidates how it feels to lose that landscape of home. In the past twenty years, like countless towns it resembles, Akron, Ohio, has lost its singularity, and much of what native-daughter Pierson loves about it. She then moves to Hoboken, New Jersey, a forgotten appendage of New York; until stockbrokers discover it. Finally, she speaks of rural areas, telling of the thousands of upstate New Yorkers displaced by city reservoirs. A unique book uniquely of our moment. This is what it feels like to lose the place you love.

Book News
Pierson, a careful observer of the domestic and neighborhood landscapes finds that where we live--whether it is where we plant our whole body or just our hearts--is under attack by ceaseless development in the name of a rather dubious form of progress. She analyzes the space that became Akron, Ohio to find the impact of a birthplace on one's life, and the impact of change on the birthplace; the space that has become Hoboken, New Jersey, a quieter and sleepier place than one might expect, considering its proximity to New York and the endless screaming that is the sophisticated fast life; and upstate New York, which has been compelled to provide for that same New York at the expense of its own resources and identity. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393057393
Characteristics: 206 p. : maps ; 22 cm

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