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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 Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
  • Author(s): Michael Chabon
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Late 1930s

It is New York City in 1939. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat to date: smuggling himself out of Nazi-occupied Prague. He...

The Associate

The Associate
  • Author(s): John Grisham
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction, Thriller
  • Era(s): early 21st century

Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father’s small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one,...

The Autograph Man

The Autograph Man
  • Author(s): Zadie Smith
  • Location(s): London, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2000s

The Autograph Man follows one Alex-Li Tandem: a twenty-something Chinese-Jewish autograph dealer turned on by sex, drugs and organised religion. From London to New York, love to death, fathers to sons, Alex tries to discover how a piece of...

The Ballad of Black Tom

The Ballad of Black Tom
  • Author(s): Victor LaValle
  • Location(s): Brooklyn
  • Genre(s): Horror, Novella
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn’t there. Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to...

The Barbizon

The Barbizon
  • Author(s): Paulina Bren
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Nonfiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th century

WELCOME TO THE BARBIZON, NEW YORK’S PREMIER WOMEN-ONLY HOTEL Built in 1927, New York’s Barbizon Hotel was first intended as a home for the ‘Modern Woman’ seeking a career in the arts. It became the place to stay for...

The Bonfire of the Vanities

The Bonfire of the Vanities
  • Author(s): Tom Wolfe
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

He wasn’t aging: he was growing up. Bonfire’s pyrotechnic satire of 1980s New York wasn’t just Wolfe’s best book, it was the best bestselling fiction debut of the decade, a miraculously realistic study of an unbelievably status-mad society, from...

The Book Itch

The Book Itch
  • Author(s): Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  • Location(s): Harlem
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 20th Century

In the 1930s, Lewis’s dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch a book itch. How to scratch it? He started a bookstore in Harlem and named it the National Memorial African Bookstore. And as far...

The Book of Stone

The Book of Stone
  • Author(s): Jonathan Papernick
  • Location(s): Brooklyn, New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century

A searing psychological thriller set in pre-9/11 Brooklyn in which a family’s dark history and an estranged son’s attempt to find meaning and purpose converge. Matthew Stone has inherited a troubling legacy: a gangster grandfather and a distant father—who...

The Bookstore

The Bookstore
  • Author(s): Deborah Meyler
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Ardent and Idealistic, Esme Garland has arrived in Manhattan with a scholarship to study art history at Columbia University. When she falls in love with New York blue-blood Mitchell van Leuven, with his penchant for all things erotic, life...

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