Please recommend BOOKS about/set in NewYork

Posted by mark 
The best book I read is New York by Edward Rutherford, a bit heavy going but amazing story based on historical events with fiction weaved in, starts way back in 1600's and ends up in 2001. Fantastic.
Re: Please recommend BOOKS about/set in NewYork
January 28, 2011 12:40PM
"In WEEKENDS AT BELLEVUE Dr. Julie Holland tells the story of her own journey through medical school, residency, and beyond, and at the same time gives us startling insights into minds so damaged, human beings rendered so helpless by their own demons, that entities resembling souls can’t help but shine through. It’s a thrilling and meaningful trip. As I turned the pages I found myself thinking, over and over, Oh, poor novelist that you are, you really can’t make this stuff up."-Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Hours and Specimen Days.


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Re: Please recommend BOOKS about/set in NewYork
April 04, 2011 10:54AM
Just Kids

Before she became the Godmother of Punk, Patti Smith was just some girl who came to New York in search of herself. We have a tendency to view her as always having been a rebel, guitar in hand, spouting her distinctive mix of poetry and invective at society. But the reality was that Smith came to New York as a refugee, uncertain of who she was and what she wanted to be. That's sometimes a bit hard to believe or realize, but in "Just Kids" Smith reveals just that: she wasn't one half as confident then as she is now, and that she had no idea what she was going to do once she arrived in New York. While this is true of almost everyone from her generation, it is somehow shocking and bizarre to ponder. More interesting was that her first lover and partner in New York was none other than future photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The bulk of "Just Kids" is Smith's recollection of Smith's early years in New York with Mapplethorpe and how they came to create their own image as artists and autuers and to craft their image and art. Again, it seems weird to think of either of them as being anything other than fully formed individuals, and that, in and of itself, seems supremely bizarre. We seldom think of the intervening events that came to create them as artists, yet here is Patti Smith lying bare exactly how she came to be what she became. The result is a fascinating and spellbinding narrative that you can scarcely set down. Ultimately Smith learns that Mapplethorpe is gay and both go on to find their own loves and their own directions in life and in art. In that degree "Just Kids" feels like only the beginning of a captivating story, the transition to another chapter, and I sincerely hope, a transition to another volume of memories, as I'm no doubt certain that Smith has a wealth of other memories than span well into the 80s, 90s and beyond. But for now I'm heartened to hear what she has to say as for now, the era before she became Patti Smith. And rather than being a trip down memory lane, "Just Kids" reminds us that everyone had to start somewhere, and success is never easy or certain. Smith's prose also wonderfully captures an era of New York City that has largely faded to the mists of time and memory. It is a time and place I was glad to revisit for a while. Immensely enjoyable and quite readable "Just Kids" is probably one of the best rock autobiographies I've ever read!


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Re: Please recommend BOOKS about/set in NewYork
April 05, 2011 08:33PM
I just put that on my list a couple of weeks ago. Can't wait to read it.
Re: Please recommend BOOKS about/set in NewYork
June 08, 2011 03:00PM
There's murder and mayhem in Pete Hamill's latest novel, "Tabloid City," but the real victim in his book is the print journalism that Hamill knows and loves so well. This ticking time bomb of a novel is about the end of a form of daily storytelling in which America's big cities are like small towns — their recognizable casts of characters, dramas and moral struggles playing out on a slightly bigger, more complex stage.

The book centers on the final publication night of the fictional New York World, the city's last afternoon newspaper. The ridiculously young publisher of the World, in his lack of wisdom, has decided to turn the paper into a website.


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Re: Please recommend BOOKS about/set in NewYork
June 13, 2011 10:39AM
Diary of an Oxygen Theif

Hurt people hurt people. Say Holden Caulfield was an alcoholic and Lolita was a photographer's assistant and somehow they met in Bright Lights Big City. He's blinded by love. She by ambition DIARY OF AN OXYGEN THIEF is honest hilarious and heartrending but above all a very real account of what we do to each other and what we allow to have done to us.



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Re: Please recommend BOOKS about/set in NewYork
August 21, 2011 08:35PM
Patricia Highsmith's "Found in the Street"
Re: Please recommend BOOKS about/set in NewYork
September 02, 2011 10:57AM
A House on the Heights,Truman Capote

The tranquil life he led in the quiet enclave of Brooklyn Heights stood in sharp contrast to the glittering scene he adored on the other side of the Brooklyn Bridge, but for a few years in the 1950's and '60's, Truman Capote happily made his home in a yellow brick house on Willow Street. By turns wistful and farcical, A House on the Heights vividly evokes a neighborhood Capote described as among Brooklyn's "splendid contradictions," a world of grand homes and dimly recalled gentility, of mysterious warehouses and cartoonish street thugs, of antiques and dowagers, a broad yard overhung with wisteria, and the famous Esplanade with its incomparable view—all rendered in Capote's deft and stylish prose.
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Re: Please recommend BOOKS about/set in NewYork
September 06, 2011 10:40AM
Harlem Renaissance Novels

Re: Please recommend BOOKS about/set in NewYork
September 07, 2011 08:08PM
Gosh darn you KM! I was just at the bookstore on Monday and found about 10 books to add to my Shelfari wishlist. You have just given me a doozy to add. The Harlem Renaissance Novels peak my interst for sure.

Just started New York by Edward Rutheford and enjoying it from the get go.
Re: Please recommend BOOKS about/set in NewYork
February 23, 2012 12:35PM
A Walker In the City

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November 25, 2012 03:48PM
The Christmas Kid


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