Sometimes it’s nice to read about the place you know, or the one you’re discovering (for those of you who recently moved here). It allows you to see your city in a different light, from a different point of view, and maybe even during a different time period. Here are five books either about or set in New York that you might want to pick up for your warm weather reading pleasure:
Here is New York
“There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter — the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something.” Such is the kind of insight you’ll get from reading this classic from E.B. White. The musings of the writer about Manhattan has been called a love letter to, and one of the best essays you’ll read on, our great city.
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
This classic by Betty Smith is set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at the turn of the century and is a coming of age story of life of a young Irish-American girl and her family. Read it to discover why this book has captured the hearts of so many and experience the neighborhood in pre-hipster days.
Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York
This essay collection is the musings of writers who show devotion to New York despite the difficulties that is inherent to our city. Each essay is by a different writer and is set in a different part of the city, together creating the tapestry that we all love and hate.
This book, just out last month is set in vibrant New York of the 1950s. When Greenwich Village was at its prime with its jazz music and beat poetry. If you like Mad Men, writer and editors and all things book publishing, author Suzanne Rindell won’t disappoint. Pick up a copy and delve into the era of our city we all romanticize about.
New York Trilogy
In three fascinating pieces, author Paul Auster gives you a taste of New York in detective fiction fashion with absurdist twists. The storylines are not ones we know but the New York in which they happen are ones we recognize.