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The City We Became

The City We Became

Author(s): N K Jemisin

Location(s): New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fantasy, Science Fiction/Future

Era(s): Future

‘A glorious fantasy, set in that most imaginary of cities, New York’ Neil Gaiman on THE CITY WE BECAME ‘The most celebrated science fiction and fantasy writer of her generation… Jemisin seems able to do just about everything’ NEW...

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Just Kids

Just Kids

Author(s): Patti Smith

Location(s): New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): Late 1960s

A prelude to fame, Just Kids recounts the friendship of two young artists–Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe – whose passion fueled their lifelong pursuit of art. In 1967, a chance meeting between two young people led to a romance...

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Strength in what Remains

Strength in what Remains

Author(s): Tracy Kidder

Location(s): Burundi, New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

Strength in What Remains recounts the remarkable experiences of Deo, a medical student from Burundi who narrowly survived two genocides, first in his own country, then Rwanda. Through sheer fortitude, and the astonishing kindness of strangers, Deo fled to...

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Swan Song

Swan Song

Author(s): Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott

Location(s): Manhattan

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Mid 20th Century

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To the outside world, they were the icons of high society ― the most glamorous and influential women of their age. To Truman Capote they were his Swans: the ideal heroines, as vulnerable as they were powerful. They trusted...

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The Swans of Fifth Avenue

The Swans of Fifth Avenue

Author(s): Melanie Benjamin

Location(s): Manhattan

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Mid 20th Century

Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially...

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Bright Lines

Bright Lines

Author(s): Tanwi Nandini Islam

Location(s): Bangladesh, Brooklyn

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

A vibrant debut novel, set in Brooklyn and Bangladesh, Bright Lines follows three young women and one family struggling to make peace with secrets and their past. For as long as she can remember, Ella has longed to feel...

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Saints and Sinners

Saints and Sinners

Location(s): New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): early 2000s

A woman walks the streets of Manhattan and contemplates with exquisite longing the precarious affair she has embarked on, amidst the grandeur and cacophony of the cityscape; a young Irish girl and her mother are thrilled to be invited...

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Brewed Awakening

Brewed Awakening

Author(s): Cleo Coyle

Location(s): Greenwich Vllage

Genre(s): Cozy Mystery

Era(s): Contemporary

No 18 in the Coffeehouse Mystery series. When coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi awakens on a bench in Washington Square Park, she has no idea she’s been missing for days, or that her friends and family have been frantic with...

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Recipe for a Perfect Wife

Recipe for a Perfect Wife

Author(s): Karma Brown

Location(s): New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): Contemporary, 1950s

When Alice Hale leaves a career to become a writer and follows her husband to the New York suburbs, she is unaccustomed to filling her days alone in a big, empty house. But when she finds a vintage cookbook...

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Happy and You Know It

Happy and You Know It

Author(s): Laura Hankin

Location(s): New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Contemporary

After her former band shot to superstardom without her, Claire reluctantly agrees to a gig as a playgroup musician for overprivileged infants on New York’s Park Avenue. Claire is surprised to discover that she is smitten with her new...

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