New York City

New York: home of millions of people and as many dreams. With so many colorful characters inhabiting the city, it's small wonder that the Big Apple has inspired thousands of enthralling novels, biographies and histories. Here are a few of the best from on and off the beaten path.

Editor's Picks


Delirious New York

Rem Koolhaus

An outstanding classic introducing the most notable, "weird" architecture in New York.

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Young Adult

From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler

E.L. Konigsburg

A beloved children's classic: two precocious children run away and decide to live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A New York classic that has held up phenomenally well since first being published in 1968.

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Literary Fiction

Motherless Brooklyn

Jonathan Lethem

A dark, hilarious murder mystery from the perspective of an orphaned henchman with Tourette's, Motherless Brooklyn is an ode to the sheer variety of people that call New York home.

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Literary Fiction

Open City

Teju Cole

This is a novel about a man and his relationship with New York. Our hero is Julius, a man completing the last year of a psychiatry fellowship, who explores New York City and meets a variety of people over the course of a year. Not much in the way of plot, but beautiful renderings of the people, places and dreams common to New Yorkers.

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Historical Fiction

Time and Again

Jack Finney

Combining science fiction and history, Time and Again is set in two places: the New York of 1970 -- present day when the book was published -- and the New York of 1882, back when most of Manhattan was still a forested wilderness. A fun mystery story and a vivid, thoroughly researched way to get a sense of life in New York City before skyscrapers dominated the horizon.

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