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Subject: Books set in New York City
Date Posted: 7/21/2010 2:01 PM ET
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Just got back from NYC.  LOVED it.  Any book suggestions set in NYC?  I like both fiction and non.  TIA!

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 4:12 PM ET
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Repairman Jack series...great books

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 4:19 PM ET
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The Alienst by Caleb Carr.  Great book, though set in 1800's NYC. 

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 4:30 PM ET
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Tepper Isn't Going Out by Calvin Trillin

Date Posted: 7/21/2010 6:13 PM ET
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Sandra, if you like mysteries, here is an entire page of books set in New York--many in New York City itself:


And from Wikipedia:


Date Posted: 7/21/2010 9:10 PM ET
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I'm glad you enjoyed the Big Apple. yes

This is the best recent book that came to mind: Let the Great World Spin.

You can read my review there.

Date Posted: 7/27/2010 11:00 PM ET
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Read Nelson Demille's new book - "The Lion" which takes place in NYC.  You might want to read "The Lion's game" first since that takes place first.   Both are great reads.

Would recommend most of his books.  Most take place in NY.  "The Gold Coast" is the best, in my opinion.   Lots of NYC but mainly Long Island.  My all time favorite book. 

Date Posted: 7/28/2010 5:16 AM ET
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One of my all-time favorites---Marathon Man, by William Goldman---takes place in NYC.

Date Posted: 7/28/2010 8:56 AM ET
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Nevada Barr wrote a very interesting mystery set in New York called Liberty Falling.  Edith Wharton wrote many books about the society scene in New York in the late 19th century, including House of Mirth and The Age of innocence.  A few years later (I think) Henry James wrote Washington Park.  For jaded glimpses of the upper and upper middle classes in Manhattan there's Emma McLoughlin's The Nanny Diaries  plus Lauren Weisberger's two novels The Devil Wears Prada and Everyone worth knowing (Not sure, it might be "everyBODY" worth knowing).  There are another few that come to mind but I can't remember the titles/authors right now.


I highly recommend the  Barr book- her Anna Pigeon series contain high quality, educational and engrossing mysteries about parts of the country many of us are unfamiliar with.  Further, due to the fact that she is a Park Ranger herself, you get an inside view into parts of the city that most people never get to experience.

Subject: nyc books
Date Posted: 8/8/2010 12:22 PM ET
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I'm still reading the Gangs of New York.  I find this book most fascinating because if gives a very detailed description of what went

on during the time pd of 1825 thru 1915.  Of course it deals with all the gangs that controlled the city.  But what I found most interesting

being I am a native New Yorker is that when I walk down the streest of NYC now ,I'll say to myself "wow" over one hundred years ago, such and such

happened on this street.  It's amazing to me.  I saw the movie, but it does no justice.  THe book is much better. Historically speaking.

You can look at the landmarks on bldgs, which I saw one yesterday and that was St Pauls Chapel right down the street from the former World Trade

Center .It states how George Washington gave a speech there.  It was from 1776.  It's amazing to me. That church, when the world trade center

fell, was not harmed at all. Which in itself was amazing, because everything else around it was damaged quite heavily.Well, sorry about going on

so.  Hope you find somethng worth reading about NYC.  And yes Caleb Carr the Alieniest is a great book.  I recommend it.

Mary R

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Subject: nyc books
Date Posted: 8/13/2010 5:39 PM ET
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I suggest you try Paul Auster's New York Trilogy - featuring central park and long detouring walks all around the city. I'm a native new yorker now living far away and I love his description of the feeling of walking on new york city streets. In my opinion, its hard to beat!

Abigail K.

Date Posted: 8/13/2010 10:06 PM ET
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Try Forever by Pete Hamill.  Really shows a lot of the changes that Manhattan has been through.

Date Posted: 8/14/2010 10:05 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/15/2010 11:22 AM ET
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