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The Place You Love Is Gone: Progress Hits Home

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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 Annotation:

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 (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

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 (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"Smart and defiant. Rich with characters and anecdote and heart. A great success."--Anthony Swofford,

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Every day brings evidence of dramatic change upon the landscape. It's called progress. Melissa Holbrook Pierson, with unalloyed insight, elucidates how it feels to lose that landscape of home.

About the Author

Melissa Holbrook Pierson is the author of the acclaimed Dark Horses and Black Beautiesand The Perfect Vehicle. She lives in Kingston, New York, with her husband, writer Luc Sante, and their son.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393057393
Subtitle:
Progress Hits Home
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
Pierson, Melissa Holbrook
Subject:
General
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Progress
Subject:
Place (Philosophy)
Subject:
Home -- Psychological aspects.
Publication Date:
20060117
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.36x5.98x.78 in. .79 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General

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Product details 224 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393057393 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Smart and defiant. Rich with characters and anecdote and heart. A great success."--Anthony Swofford,
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Every day brings evidence of dramatic change upon the landscape. It's called progress. Melissa Holbrook Pierson, with unalloyed insight, elucidates how it feels to lose that landscape of home.
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