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

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan – fantastic historical fiction during the Depression and World War II. Egan’s characters try their best to navigate between right and wrong.

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


Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – working class girl meets a handsome banker and climbs the social ladder in Post Depression New York.


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 Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin – great book about Truman Capote and his relationship with high society socialites in New York.

Tell No One by Harlan Coben – fast-moving, highly entertaining crime thriller set in the suburbs with a wild chase scene in New York

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! (Click here to view Book Club Mom’s Top 10 Faves.)

I think it’s fun to sort my books by different categories.
Do you often read about the same place?

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

23 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!

  2. Youngblood Hawke is still on my list. One of these days, I’ll attempt it. It just seems SO thick! :o) I just finished ‘The Shoemakers Wife’….yup, set in New York!

    1. Yes, but until then you can always get there in a book. I’m not a New Yorker, though I’ve been there a bunch, and that’s what I do! Thanks for reading and commenting, Rachael.

  3. What a great list of books – I’ve read about a third of them By the way, you must be the one who had recommended Youngblood Hawke a few months ago. I ran to the library and got it – but it was so old and thick with tiny print I couldn’t read it. I tried to get it on my Kindle, but it seems the book hasn’t been made into an e-book. Rats.

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