This week we’ll be attending BookExpo America, the largest annual book trade show in the United States, in New York City. We’re excited to check out upcoming releases and report back on the best travel titles.
In honor of this trip, we’re highlighting some of our favorite books about New York City.
Here is New York by E.B. White: Written in a hotel room over two hot days in the summer of 1948, White's timeless love letter (it's easily read in an hour) captures the spirit of New York. It's a swift, lyrical portrait of the city that moves from Broadway to Central Park and the Hudson River to favorite haunts on 3rd Avenue.
Waterfront, a Journey Around Manhattan by Philip Lopate: A consummate New Yorker, Lopate pulls together history, ecology, archaeology, literature and urban planning in this delightful, discursive account of his rambles along the coast of Manhattan.
Slouching from Bethlehem by Joan Didion: A classic collection of essays on the '60s cultural climate, first published in 1968. While the majority of the essays focus on California, Goodbye to All That is one of the best things we've ever read about New York City.
The Lonely City by Olivia Laing: Confronted with debilitating loneliness when she moved to NYC in her mid-30s, Laing handled the shame of feeling alone with a study of art, through which she explored the causes of loneliness while also identifying solitude’s redemptive qualities.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: The much-beloved story of a girl in Brooklyn, who, like the Ailanthus, surmounts harrowing obstacles in order to thrive. Enormously descriptive of the Brooklyn of its time (the 1940s).
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: At 13, Theo Decker’s life changes forever when his mother dies in a terrorist attack at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and he takes off with The Goldfinch, a priceless Dutch painting by Carel Fabritius. This epic Dickensian novel follows Theo from New York to Las Vegas to Amsterdam asking, in the words of reviewer Woody Brown, the essential life question: "How can we? And yet, we do." Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Literature.
We’re looking forward to sharing more titles, on New York City and far beyond, after BEA!