March 9, 2013
New York: The Novel begins with the arrival of Dutch settlers in 1664 and ends in 2001 with the World Trade Center attack. Throughout this time, we follow the fictional Master family in New York society and the events that alter history.
February 17, 2013
Author Theo Lawrence discusses his young adult trilogy set in a future New York in which much of the city is underwater, politics is a dangerous business, a rebellion may be on the horizon, and star-crossed lovers must find each other.
November 25, 2012
Remember this smart, sweet movie? Teens Nick and Norah spend one wild night in New York City, full of music, drunken friends, and heady romance. And the book is just as good, with a somewhat different twist.
November 16, 2012
Sometimes you fight authority and authority doesn't win. Witness Richard Zacks' Teddy Roosevelt, whose battle to clean up a sin-loving New York in the 1890s made him enemies and contributed to his downfall as a New York City police commissioner.
November 1, 2012
In this pearl of a book, food historian Mark Kurlansky informs and delights with an enthralling look at the history of New York City through the storied past of a most succulent mollusk -- the oyster.
October 11, 2012
Halberstam's moving tribute to the New York City firemen of Engine 40/Ladder 35 gives us emotional insight into the men whose bravery and sacrifice on 9/11 help us believe that in a world where terrible tragedies happen, there is still so much good.
September 1, 2012
Teju Cole exposes history and identity through the mundane, as a walk through New York City offers profound wisdom to the outspoken narrator of his debut novel, Open City.
August 17, 2012
The movie adaptation of Cosmopolis is now in theaters, so here's an ode to the DeLillo's original novel, through which his satirical depiction of the mega-rich resonates today.
July 26, 2012
Imagine it is the 1950s and you are freshly graduated and ready for the big time. Imagine you land your dream job at one of the most prestigious publications in the world. Now: Imagine where you may go from there. The Receptionist is the true story of what one woman did with her lucky break.
June 22, 2012
Brunt's debut novel about a young woman, the uncle she's lost, the secrets uncovered in the wake of his death, and the relationships affected by this will move you -- and continue to speak to you long after you finish it.
June 11, 2012
Though he grew up in Ireland, McCann somehow pulls off an authentic native's story of New York City in 1974, when hookers and heroin and breakdancers and arson defined the Bronx, and the Vietnam War and disillusionment hung like a cloud over everything.
June 1, 2012
Longings for a more constructed story than the movie drew this reader to Truman Capote's original novella, later adapted by Blake Edwards for the silver screen.
May 18, 2012
Towles' debut novel chronicles a heroine's ascent to the high life amid a whirl of Manhattan uptown, downtown, and everywhere in between.
December 4, 2011
Remember when you loved that one band? You were a true and devoted fan of the unknown, unsung musical geniuses. And then, one day -- success! The band hits it big ... and the shows are all sold out. Don't let the number of fans, critical acclaim, awards, and prizes scare you away from A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan.
November 6, 2011
It is the early '70s and the Edbus family has just moved into a brownstone on Dean Street, which sits in a poor African-American community in Brooklyn. As the only white child in his new public school, young Dylan becomes a target for unrelenting bullying and threats -- at least until he meets Mingus Rude, a young African-American boy with troubles of his own. And so Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude begins.