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Oreo

Oreo
  • Author(s): Fran Ross
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC), Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1970s

Oreo has been raised by her maternal grandparents in Philadelphia. Her black mother tours with a theatrical troupe, and her Jewish deadbeat dad disappeared when she was an infant, leaving behind a mysterious note. Oreo’s quest is to find...

Perfectly Impossible

Perfectly Impossible
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Topp
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

In this witty debut novel, Elizabeth Topp crafts a story that ventures behind the fanciful facade of Park Avenue and into the life of one lovable type A assistant. Anna’s job is simple: prevent the unexpected from happening and...

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
  • Author(s): Sophie Kinsella
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): very early 2000s

With her shopping excesses (somewhat) in check and her career as a TV financial guru thriving, Becky Bloomwood’s biggest problem seems to be tearing her entrepreneur boyfriend, Luke, away from work for a romantic country weekend. That is, until...

Silver Bells

Silver Bells
  • Author(s): Luanne Rice
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): early 21st century

Every year on the first day of December, Christopher Byrne traveled from his farm in Nova Scotia to sell his Christmas trees on the streets of Manhattan. But this year there’d be no cheer for the widower and his...

The 25th Hour

The 25th Hour
  • Author(s): David Benioff
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Crime
  • Era(s): 2000

An absorbing novel of crime, its terrifying consequences, and a bond that redefines the friendship of three restless young men. Wall Street speculators, the Manhattan downtown club scene, Russian gangsters, immigrant neighborhoods – all the elements in the urban...

The Adventures of Phatty & Payaso

The Adventures of Phatty & Payaso
  • Author(s): Marie Unanue
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Children

Phatty the cat loves nothing more than spending his days balanced atop his favorite chair gazing out his windows at Central Park below. Everything is simply fan-tabby-lous until one day when the meanest hawk in the park lands on...

The Chelsea Girls

The Chelsea Girls
  • Author(s): Fiona Davis
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

From the dramatic redbrick facade to the sweeping staircase dripping with art, the Chelsea Hotel has long been New York City’s creative oasis for the many artists, writers, musicians, actors, filmmakers, and poets who have called it home –...

The Cricket in Times Square

The Cricket in Times Square
  • Author(s): George Selden
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Children, Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

One night, the sounds of New York City–the rumbling of subway trains, thrumming of automobile tires, hooting of horns, howling of brakes, and the babbling of voices–is interrupted by a sound that even Tucker Mouse, a jaded inhabitant of...

The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi
  • Author(s): O Henry
  • Location(s): Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): turn of 20th century

One dollar and eighty-seven cents is all the money Della has in the world to buy her beloved a Christmas present. She has nothing to sell except her only treasure–her long, beautiful brown hair. Set in New York at...

The Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel
  • Author(s): Emily St. John Mandel
  • Location(s): Vancouver Island, Manhattan
  • Genre(s): Mystery
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Vincent is the beautiful bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass-and-cedar palace on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the...

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