New York Books – Something for Everyone!


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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17 thoughts on “New York Books – Something for Everyone!

  1. Great list – I have read a book by Daisy Goodwin but not the one here – at least I don’t think it was this one! Perhaps I’ll have to go and check now. I loved The Immortals – so entertaining and I’m really looking forward to reading more from that series.
    Lynn 😀

    1. I’ll have to take a look at your favorites. I also love Herman Wouk, although I’ve only read a few. I may re-read Marjorie Morningstar – another gem! Did you know that Wouk is still living? He’s 101! Stay tuned for a Who’s That Author!

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