If You Lived Here You'd Be Home by Now

If You Lived Here You'd Be Home by Now

Why We Traded the Commuting Life for A Little House on the Prairie

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The hilarious, charming, and candid story of Ingraham's decision to uproot his life and move his family to Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, population 1,400--the community he made famous as "the worst place to live in America" in a story he wrote for the Washington Post.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062861474
Branch Call Number: 070.92 Ing
Characteristics: 276 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Oct 15, 2019

Ingraham, a Washington Post reporter, wrote a story on the USDA's Natural Amenities Index which listed Red Lake County, Minnesota as the worst place in America to live. When the locals reacted very strongly to his story, the author made a visit and received the royal treatment. After returning to D.C. and his two-hour commute to and from work, Ingraham negotiated to work from home. This book, sprinkled with data, is the story of how he moved his family from the big city to the "worst place in America". Although he misses the food and easy access to medical care, Ingraham and his family are still in Minnesota. He learns that only using data hides the individuals and nuances behind each data point.


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Oct 15, 2019

"One of the big dangers of our glorious, new, quantified world is the emergence of a type of numeric stereotyping -- of insights hardened into dogma by the weight of a thousand datasets."


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