Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Book Riot's 100 Must-Read New York City Novels Challenge

NYC has long been the setting of many an iconic book and continues to be featured in contemporary works from romance to sci-fi. With so many to choose from how do you even begin to narrow them down? Enter Book Riot. Book Riot publishes some amazing 100 Must Read Novel lists on a crazy variety of topics on every things from middle-grade fantasy to the history of medicine. Luckily they have one on novels set in NYC too! I will link the original one here.

I will be reviewing each one and will occasionally include bonus content too! Once the review is posted the title of each book will become a link leading to the review. I will not be reviewing them in order since I will probably start out with the ones I already own but will re-read the ones I have read before.

Without further ado lets dive in to a big-apple themed pile of books!

1876: A Novel by Gore Vidal
A History of New York by Washington Irving
A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
Another Country by James Baldwin
Ashes of Fiery Weather by Kathleen Donohoe
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
Billy Bathgate by E.L. Doctorow
Bread Givers by Anya Yezierska
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín
Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall
Christodora by Tim Murphy
City of Dreams: A Novel of Nieuw Amsterdam and Early Manhattan by Beverly Swerling
Daddy Was a Number Runner by Louise Meriwether
Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem
Dreamland by Kevin Baker
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
Fever by Mary Beth Keane
Forever by Pete Hamill
Fury by Salman Rushdie
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
Going Down by Jennifer Belle
Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older
Heyday by Kurt Andersen
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Jazz by Toni Morrison
Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr.
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCan
Lowboy by John Wray
Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid
Lush Life by Richard Price
Maggie, a Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane
Manhattan Transfer by John Dos Passos
Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee
Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
Nevada by Imogen Binnie
Open City by Teju Cole
Passing by Nella Larsen
Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish
Push by Sapphire
Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Re Jane by Patricia Park
Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam
Rules of Civility: A Novel by Amor Towles
Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York by Marge Piercy
Sima’s Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross
Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins
Small Mercies by Eddie Joyce
Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
Speedboat by Renata Adler
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaVelle
The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
The Ex by Alafair Burke
The Godfather by Mario Puzo
The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Negro Plot: A Tale of Conspiracy and Murder in Eighteenth-Century New York by Mat Johnson
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
The Prince of West End Avenue by Alan Isler
The Street by Ann Petry
The Thieves of Manhattan by Adam Langer
The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
The Unpossessed by Tess Slesinger
The Warmest December by Bernice L. McFadden
Time and Again by Jack Finney
Underworld by Don DeLillo
Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
Washington Square by Henry James
Watchmen by Alan Moore
Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
Zone One by Colson Whitehead

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