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Eric Klinenberg is a professor of sociology at New York University and the editor of the journal Public Culture. He has written several books including Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media, and Modern Romance. (Bowker Author show more Biography) show less
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Modern Romance: An Investigation (2015) — Author — 2,087 copies

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Birthdate
1970
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Occupations
professor of sociology
Organizations
New York University

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"Today, as cities and suburbs reinvent themselves, and as cynics claim that government has nothing good to contribute to that process, it's important that institutions like libraries get the recognition they deserve. After all, the root of the word "library," liber; means both "book" and "free." Libraries stand for and exemplify something that needs defending: the public institutions that -- even in an age of atomization and inequality -- serve as bedrocks of civil society. Libraries are the kinds of places where ordinary people with different backgrounds, passions, and interests can take part in a living democratic culture. They are the kinds of places where the public, private, and philanthropic sectors can work together to reach for something higher than the bottom line.”… (more)
 
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Moshepit20 | 14 other reviews | Dec 27, 2023 |
Too American for me. Though data from other countries is mentioned, the entire book is rife with " we Americans are used to being alone, look at Thoreau!" Honestly, if I read one more reference to Thoreau I am going to spit. This guy lived rent free in a friend's cottage on a tiny lake and wrote his best work "on Civil Disobedience" because he didn't want to pay tax.
So he lived alone, briefly.
As with this book, the lens is focused too tightly on the subject. Look outside the border or the lake or whatever and see how the rest of the world lives....… (more)
 
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Dabble58 | 16 other reviews | Nov 11, 2023 |
You may use them or not but community spaces and programs abound in many parts of America. A deeper look at what it takes to keep them going, the community that uses them and the benefits even if you don't use them. A great book and easy to read non fiction.
 
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untitled841 | 14 other reviews | Jul 3, 2023 |
I just read the chapter on public libraries, and will get back to it later. Because there were holds on it at the public library!
 
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readingjag | 14 other reviews | Nov 29, 2021 |

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