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Never Leave Your Block: Adventures in Urban Living Paperback – September 14, 2012
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"A tribute to the importance of strong neighborhoods in the weave of urban fabric." - Publisher's Weekly
"A born storyteller. . . What sets this book apart is his sharp and compulsively readable observations of family, friends, neighbors, and even places like Whole Foods. How going to the grocery store can captivate a reader for more than a few pages is a testament to his ability to write what he knows and write it well." - Chicago Pipeline
"An intriguing study of modern Chicago, very much recommended reading." - The Midwest Book Review
"A lot of fun to read . . . It's an inspiring book because it makes you want to go out and get to know your neighbors. It's a great book." - Tony Sarabia, WBEZ radio
"Never Leave Your Block may sound like a curious title for Scott Jacobs' new book, but in some ways this simple statement captures the essence of his narrative. The book is based on the idea that if you want to know what's going on in America, just look at the changes sweeping your own neigborhood." - Phil Ponce, WTTW Channel 11
About the Author
Scott Jacobs has been a reporter, filmmaker, political consultant and community activist for 40 years. He started his career as the urban affairs reporter for The Chicago Sun-Times in 1972, leaving after four years to pursue video journalism. As an independent filmmaker, he co-founded the Center for New Television and Independent Programming Associates. His video documentaries have been seen on PBS and A & E Television and include True Life Video Stories, Royko at The Goat, Those Grede Girls, and Saudi Arabia: A Complicated Ally, all available on Amazon. Com. He is also the editor of The Week Behind, an online magazine now celebrating its 18th year on the worldwide web. His freelance writing has appeared in Milwaukee Magazine, Slate, Scan and The Chicago Sun-Times. Jacobs lives and works in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago with his wife and son.