A book is what brought me to RocVille. During an internet outage shortly after moving here, we passed the time by reading these things called books on paper and actually discussing what we were reading instead of texting with our friends (weird, I know). The book was In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time by Peter Lovenheim. It's not really a book about Rochester, but more about the loss of community and knowing your neighbors. Lovenheim was inspired to get to know his neighbors after a tragedy in his own neighborhood in Brighton. I heard an interview with him about the book long before we moved to Rochester and had forgotten about the book until a friend from book club reminded me.
Since moving here, Adam has done of a lot of reading about Claude Bragdon and the Rochester transit system. I have read a lot of signs at museums, on historic buildings and along the canal. Collectively, they maybe add up to a small book.
But someone decided I should kick my Rochester area history knowledge up a notch and recently contacted me after reading my Hometown Pride post. He even sent me his book and it just arrived. I took a picture of it to prove it. The book is Reflections on Big Spring: A History of Pittsford, NY and the Genesee River Valley by David McNellis.
I am looking forward to reading it, although I have to say I wish I had a reader like Jon Stewart does for all his books so I could crank through this puppy quickly and give you a review. Alas, you will have to bear with me. I don't have a lot of time to read these days and can barely make it through my book club assignment.
Thanks for sending your book, David! And I'd love to hear from anyone who has read it. Although, you have to promise not to give away the ending.