I didn’t realize until now just how many books I’ve read that are set in New York. If you’re in “a New York state of mind,” take a look at some of my favorite Big Apple books!
The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin – light 1800s historical fiction about billionaire American families who match up their daughters with poor European dukes and princes.
Billy Bathgate by E. L. Doctorow – intelligent and well-written historical fiction about 1930s organized crime in New York City
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote – a character sketch of a lonely nineteen-year-old girl trying to escape a sad past
Brooklyn by Colm Toíbín – moving love story in which a young Irish woman leaves home for a better life in Brooklyn
Brooklyn on Fire by Lawrence H. Levy – second book in the entertaining Mary Handley Mystery series about New York’s first female detective
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout – story about a buried secret and painful family dynamics between adult siblings
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott – historical fiction about a young English maid and seamstress who survives the Titanic
Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. – fascinating biography of Huguette Clark, a reclusive heiress who spent the last twenty years of her life in a hospital bed and gave away huge amounts of money to her caretakers and advisers
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand – terrific story about a talented New York architect who refuses to collaborate
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – classic love story about a mysterious tycoon during the wild party atmosphere of the Roaring Twenties
The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor – great historical fiction about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were the only civilian Americans to be killed for spying for the Russians
The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky – a modern-day Artemis solves a murder in New York in a world of mortals, gods and goddesses
The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer – Time traveling love story about finding happiness in an alternate life
The Inquisitor’s Mark by Diane K. Salerni – second book in an exciting Young Adult series about a secret eighth day where allies and adversaries abound
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – a look at the lives of six talented teenagers who meet at a summer camp for the arts in 1974
My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout – How do you put the hushed experiences of your childhood into words? Character reflections on family, marriage and friendships.
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight – debut novel about the secret life of teenagers at an elite private school in Brooklyn
Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy – first book in an entertaining historical fiction murder mystery series about New York’s first female police detective
The Transcriptionist by Amy Rowland – interesting a story about an emotionally unsettled newspaper woman and a commentary on the business of reporting news
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas – a look inside a family struggling with Alzheimer’s disease
Youngblood Hawke by Herman Wouk – terrific story of a young author from Kentucky who arrives in New York and becomes a hugely successful and prolific novelist – Book Club Mom’s All-Time Favorite!
I think it’s fun to sort my books by different categories. Do you often read about the same place?
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