New York City Book Recommendations
Since I’m off to New York City in a few weeks I’m doing what any book obsessive person would do. I’m reading every book I can to inspire me and excite me before I head off to the big city.
Today I thought I would share some of the books I have read and plan to read before I go.
Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby
A standalone novel about Kate, a Londoner who has recently moved to New York City and is planning on having the summer of her life. She ends up meeting and befriending Bill, an alcoholic novelist and his daughter Inez, who caters to the sexual fantasies of men to make extra cash. A story of desire, the city and youth.
My Salinger Year by Joanna Smith Rakoff
I’ve already read this non-fiction memoir about Joanne, who was a literary agent’s assistant in New York City in the 90s during which she spoke to J.D. Salinger – the legendary reclusive author – on the phone and had a stifling relationship as well as a lifestyle epiphany.
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Mossfegh
A black comedy novel set during 9/11. The main character is a young woman who appears to have everything: recently graduated from Columbia University, living off a large family inheritance, a Wall Street boyfriend and a good flat in the Upper East Side. But then 9/11 hits.
All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg
I read this the other month and loved it. It’s another satirical, dark comedy about a woman who doesn’t know where her life is leading and can’t seem to settle on one path. But when her brother and sister-in-law have a child with physical defects that will cause her death at early-age things begin to change for her mentally.
Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
A 22-year old who has recently moved to New York City gets a job at a restaurant where she gets drawn into a love triangle. A story of desire, power and allure.
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
I’ve had this book for ages! The Female Persuasion is about the relationship between two women in New York City. Greer, a shy college student, and Faith, an older woman who is the pillar of the women’s movement.
The Lonely City by Olivia Laing
A non-fiction book that looks at loneliness in New York City, with a specific focus on art. I started this book and it had a massive impact on my mental health and sense of loneliness – in a good way.