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The Place You Love Is Gone: Progress Hits Home

by: Melissa Holbrook Pierson

Publisher: Norton (2006)


Staff Pick by comrade: JP

Like Melissa Holbrook Pierson, I'm from Akron OH. And also like her, I'm repulsed by its paved homogeneous mall-culture. She, however, carries around much more nostalgia. This book is part pissed off rant against gentrification, part ode to a home lost, sweet and sappy. A quick read that leaves one enraged and saddened.