The first Zócalo Public Square Book Prize goes to "In the Neighborhood" by Peter Lovenheim. He was inspired to meet his neighbors after a man on his street in a suburb of Rochester, New York, killed his wife then himself. Eventually, Lovenheim knocked on every door and asked, politely, to stay over for a night. The full title of the book is "In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time." Lovenheim answers some questions at the Zocalo website.
* Edited to fix the book's title
Books note: "When the Killing's Done" by T.C. Boyle remains the top-selling fiction hardcover in Southern California independent bookstores. Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken" tops the nonfiction side.