What happens in your neighborhood while you're at work might surprise you.
Nicole gives an overview of the book:
I see all these things, the pets acting out, the immigrants smelting a living from our refuse and the comings and goings of people who, like me, don't seem to have anywhere else they really need to be during the day. I see all these activities, and I follow them, because the sometimes banal, sometimes eccentric pastimes of my neighbors fill a niche I might otherwise be stuffing with daytime television.
One day in late January, though, was a little different.
"There's been an accident with one of your neighbors," the officer told me.
I grew up in New England, mostly Massachusetts, though New Hampshire deserves some credit. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area now. I write non-fiction. I usually call myself a travel writer, though lately I've been having more success with essays. I've been published in the...