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Snow in August

Snow in August
  • Author(s): Pete Hamill
  • Location(s): Brooklyn
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1940s

In 1940s Brooklyn, friendship between an 11-year-old Irish Catholic boy and an elderly Jewish rabbi might seem as unlikely as, well, snow in August. But the relationship between young Michael Devlin and Rabbi Judah Hirsch is only one 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 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 Chosen

The Chosen
  • Author(s): Chaim Potok
  • Location(s): Brooklyn
  • Genre(s): Historical, Young Adult
  • Era(s): 1940s

In 1940s Brooklyn, New York, an accident throws Reuven Malther and Danny Saunders together. Despite their differences (Reuven is a Modern Orthodox Jew with an intellectual, Zionist father: Danny is the brilliant son and rightful heir to a Hasidic...

The Family

The Family
  • Author(s): Naomi Krupitsky
  • Location(s): Brooklyn
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): From the 1920s

A captivating debut novel about the tangled fates of two best friends and daughters of the Italian mafia, and a coming-of-age story of twentieth-century Brooklyn itself. Two daughters. Two families. One inescapable fate. Sofia Colicchio is a free spirit,...

The Little Brooklyn Bakery

The Little Brooklyn Bakery
  • Author(s): Julie Caplin
  • Location(s): Brooklyn
  • Genre(s): RomCom
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Take a trip to the best little bakery in Brooklyn, where there’s more than a sprinkle of romance and a slice of pie makes it feel like home! When Sophie Bennings arrives in New York, love is the last...

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World

The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit: My Family’s Exodus from Old Cairo to the New World
  • Author(s): Lucette Lagnado
  • Location(s): Brooklyn, Cairo, Paris
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1950s, 1960s

In vivid and graceful prose, Lucette Lagnado re-creates the majesty and cosmopolitan glamour of Cairo in the years between World War II and Gamal Abdel Nasser’s rise to power. Her father, Leon, was a boulevardier who conducted business on...

The Moon Over Kilmore Quay

The Moon Over Kilmore Quay
  • Author(s): Carmel Harrington
  • Location(s): County Wexford, Brooklyn
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990's to 2020

It’s time to curl up with Carmel… When your heart belongs in two places, can you ever truly find home? Brooklyn, New York, Bea has grown up in the heart of the Irish community, always hearing stories of home....

The Ninth Hour

The Ninth Hour
  • Author(s): Alice McDermott
  • Location(s): Brooklyn
  • Era(s): 1940s and 1950s

On a gloomy February afternoon, Jim sends his wife Annie out to do the shopping before dark falls. He seals their meagre apartment, unhooks the gas tube inside the oven, and inhales. Sister St. Saviour, a Little Nursing Sister...

The Orchard

The Orchard
  • Author(s): David Hopen
  • Location(s): Miami, Brooklyn
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A commanding debut and a poignant coming-of-age story about a devout Jewish high school student whose plunge into the secularized world threatens everything he knows of himself Ari Eden’s life has always been governed by strict rules. In ultra-Orthodox...

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