Tag Archives: New York reading

Those loveable rogues on Broadway: ‘Guys and Dolls and Other Stories’ by Damon Runyon (1932)

After the all-too-real misery of the New York presented in Caro’s massive, masterful biography ‘The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York‘ (and I don’t even want to mention the election), I was in bad need of … Continue reading

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A book to shout about: ‘Go Tell it on the Mountain’ by James Baldwin (1953)

There are some books that speak to specific periods in a reader’s life.  ‘Oliver Twist’, for example, was read to me when I was a child.  Although I still love the book, it is a strange experience to find myself growing … Continue reading

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Glorious Escapsim: ‘The New York Stories of Edith Wharton’

Last summer I really went nuts for New York literature, but even at the time I knew my dedication would only allow  me to scrape this surface of the mass of books that fall within this category.  Knowing my own limitations, … Continue reading

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If James Joyce had been brought up in a Manhattan Slum: ‘Call it Sleep’ by Henry Roth (1934)

I’d originally intended this post to be a companion piece to my review of ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn‘ – the immigrant experience in Manhattan rather than Williamsburg.  Then I realised it would be a bit like comparing Rupert Brooke’s … Continue reading

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An Introduction to the Harlem Renaissance: The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen (1926-29)

I’m fairly ignorant about the Harlem Renaissance, but I do know it’s produced one of my top New York writers from this trip.  I had initially been a little concerned that Larsen’s stories might be famous because of the period … Continue reading

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A few of my favourite things: New York book haul

New York is most certainly the place to go for buying, as well as reading, wonderful books. The books above were purchased from: The Strand bookshop, The Strand (pop up stalls near Central Park), Book Thug Nation and random stalls … Continue reading

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The Immigrant Experience: ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ by Betty Smith (1943)

Reading this book for the first time still felt very nostalgic; I was taken back to my childhood, discovering Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Little House on the Prairie’ novels.  Wilder wasn’t writing about life in the urban slums, but she was … Continue reading

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Edith Wharton (January 24th 1862 – August 11th 1937), a woman to remember.

Edith Wharton died on this day, 78 years ago.  Even though ‘The Age of Innocence’ was not on my original New York to-be-read list, it still feels approriate to remember what makes Wharton one of the best writers of this … Continue reading

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‘Last Exit to Brooklyn’ by Hubert Selby Jr. (1964)

This is not going to be the kind of well-thought-out review that gets written days or weeks after reading, once a book has settled into the mind.  It’s going to be the babbling ravings of a newly converted fan who … Continue reading

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