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Summer's Over: Sarah Palin's Book-writing Neighbor Moves Home To Massachusetts

Joe McGinniss, who is working on a book about former Gov. Sarah Palin, poses for a photograph at the home he rented next to Palin's house in Wasilla, Alaska. Dan Joling/Associated Press hide caption

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At the beginning of the summer, journalist Joe McGinniss moved to Wasilla, Alaska, right next door to former Gov. Sarah Palin. At the time, he said he was researching a book about Palin.

Last weekend, McGinnis, the author of The Selling of the President, Fatal Vision, and Blind Faith, headed home to Massachusetts, to work on his opus.

In May, Palin welcomed McGinnis to the neighborhood with a post on her Facebook page:

Welcome, Joe! It’ll be a great summer – come borrow a cup of sugar if ever you need some sweetener. And you know what they say about “fences make for good neighbors”? Well, we’ll get started on that tall fence tomorrow, and I’ll try to keep Trig’s squeals down to a quiet giggle so we don’t disturb your peaceful summer. Enjoy!

Sure enough, the Palin family did add an extension onto their fence, The Associated Press reports.

So, was it a summer of confrontation and controversy? Here McGinniss characterized it:

"I've been very busy but on Lake Lucille it's been very quiet," he said. "As I told Todd back in May — he came over to get in my face about moving in there — I said, "You're not even going to know I'm there. A lot of the time, I'm not going to be here. And when I am, I mind my own business.I don't care what happens on your side of the fence. That's not why I'm here."