Have been asking friends, teachers and other moms (see, am getting the lingo) for their favourite books about New York. Here are a few:
‘New York’, by Edward Rutherford
‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tart
‘Just Kids’ by Patti Smith
‘Netherland’ by Joseph O’Neill
‘New York Trilogy’ by Paul Auster
‘Let the Great World Spin’ by Colum McCann
‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ by Truman Capote
‘Maeve Brennan: Homesick at the New Yorker’ by Angela Bourke
And for kids, I’ve been put on to ‘New York Baby’ by Puck and Violet Lemay
Will slowly work my way through them and report back. Edward Rutherford’s ‘New York’ has been recommended by six separate people, so I’ll start with that tonight.
So, what else should I be reading? Feel free to make your own recommendations in the comments section.
6 thoughts on “Calling all New York novels”
For adults I love The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and for kids nothing beats Eloise. Though I also love Lazy Little Loafers, I Live in Brooklyn, and A Cricket in Times Square.
Thanks Sarah, I’ll work my way through these.
For the girls, there is a Curious George in the Big City story, set in New York at Christmas, though the boys have it as part of a Curious George collection so not sure if it is available separately. Lizzie x
Thanks Lizzie, we have a Curious George toy but none of the books, I’ll keep an eye out for this one. Alex
Here are a couple more 🙂
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
Bright Lights, Big City, by Jay McInerey
New York: The Novel, by Edward Rutherford
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safon Foer
Time and Again, by Jack Finnely
Hi Jessica, thanks so much for these – Rutherford’s ‘New York’ is still the clear winner. I’m a few chapters in, and really enjoying it. Especially reading about the origins of the place names like Wall and Pearl Street. I’ll check out the others too. Alex
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