Monday, October 26, 2009

Books by Theme: New York

The Black Madonna by Louisa Ermelino

Teresa, Magdalena, and Antoinette become friends and raise families in New York's Little Italy. Taking place from the 1940s through the 1960s, this finely written novel, often laugh-out-loud hilarious, offers a realistic glimpse of life in the city.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

After losing his father in the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001, precocious nine-year-old Oskar Schell embarks on a pilgrimage after discovering a mysterious key in his dad's possessions. This quirky, powerful novel ends with an emotional punch.

Forever by Pete Hamill

Connecting eighteenth century Irish immigrant Cormac O'Connor to the 9/11/2001 disaster is no easy feat, but readers willing to suspend belief and go along for the ride will be richly rewarded by this fascinating, wonderful novel. Great story telling and terrific characters make this book a page-turner.

Metropolis by Elizabeth Gaffney

Vividly drawn characters and detailed descriptions of the city put the reader in 1860s New York with German immigrant Frank Harris. By turns harrowing and rewarding, Harris's life is a great adventure.


bermudaonion said...

Great post! Now, I want to read all of those books and go to New York!

Melanie said...

All of these books sound really interesting! They've all got really prety covers too. I definitely want to go to New York one day.

Allie ~ Hist-Fic Chick said...

Ooh, Metropolis sounds really good!! A New Yorker myself, I will definitely have to check some of these out!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

a great thematic round-up, Amanda. The only one I've read is EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE (loved it!); I'll check into the others you've listed.

StuckInABook said...

Nice Wordle(!)

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