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Park Avenue Summer

Park Avenue Summer
  • Author(s): Renée Rosen
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1960s

Renee Rosen draws readers into the glamorous New York City of 1965 and Cosmopolitan magazine, where a brazen new editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown – shocks America and saves a dying publication by daring to talk to women about all...

Preparation For the Next Life

Preparation For the Next Life
  • Author(s): Atticus Lish
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 21st Century

In post-9/11 New York, Zou Lei is an illegal immigrant from northwest China. Forced to work fourteen-hour days and live in squalor, she nevertheless embraces the many freedoms her adopted homeland has to offer. Damaged by three tours in...

Rooted in the Hood

Rooted in the Hood
  • Author(s): Anna Angelidakis
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Photography
  • Era(s): Modern

Rooted in the Hood is a photo essay celebrating the community gardens of New York City and the people who create, cultivate, and enjoy them. The late 60s and 70s witnessed the devastation of New York City, with many...

Searching for Grace Kelly

Searching for Grace Kelly
  • Author(s): M G Callahan
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1950s

For a small-town girl with big dreams in 1955, there is no address more desirable than New York’s Barbizon Hotel – the place where Grace Kelly lived when she first came to the big city. Laura is an aristocratic beauty...

Someday Everything Will All Make Sense

Someday Everything Will All Make Sense
  • Author(s): Carol LaHines
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): present day

Someday Everything Will All Make Sense follows Luther van der Loon, an eccentric harpsichordist and professor of early music, as he navigates the stages of grief after the untimely death of his mother. Luther obsesses over burial practices, rails...

Terminal Value

Terminal Value
  • Author(s): Thomas Waite
  • Location(s): Boston, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Modern

“Be careful what you wish for.” That’s a warning Dylan Johnson should have listened to. When his mobile computing firm is bought out by Mantric Technology, a red-hot company about to go public, it seems like a dream come...

The Biology of Luck

The Biology of Luck
  • Author(s): Jacob M Appel
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction

Odd-job queen Starshine Hart is about to go on somebody else’s perfect date. At 29, the usually carefree Starshine has realized that it is easier to start sleeping with a man than to stop. Her lovers include one of...

The Dakota Winters

The Dakota Winters
  • Author(s): Tom Barbash
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1979

‘Conjures a gritty, populous, affectionate portrait of 1979 New York City’ Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach It’s the fall of 1979 when 23-year-old Anton Winter, back from the Peace Corps and on the mend from a nasty bout...

The Dollhouse

The Dollhouse
  • Author(s): Fiona Davis
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern/1950s

When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952 Darby McLaughlin is everything her hall mates aren’t: plain, self-conscious, homesick and convinced she doesn’t belong. Yet when she befriends Esme, a Barbizon maid, she’s introduced to an entirely...

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
  • Author(s): Dominic Smith
  • Location(s): Amsterdam, Brooklyn, Sydney
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1630s - 2000s

Amsterdam, 1631: Sara de Vos becomes the first woman to be admitted as a master painter to the city s Guild of St. Luke. Though women do not paint landscapes (they are generally restricted to indoor subjects), a wintry...

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