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For generations, writers have flocked to New York seeking the  creative energy of city life. The following collection encompasses books by writers that have lived or worked in the five boroughs.

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“One of America’s finest writers.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Concentrated bursts of perfection.”—The Times (London) “Shimmering stories that possess the...

"...stories.”—The New York Times Book Review   Since 1986 with the publication of her first story..."

Deborah Eisenberg Deborah Eisenberg

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A Wolf at the Table

A Memoir of My Father

Nominated for the 2009 Audiobook of the Year “As a little boy, I had a dream that my father had taken me to the woods where there was a dead body. He buried...

"...that will resonate with many." - Library Journal, Starred Review   "...There are books that were born..."

By Augusten Burroughs, Patti Smith, Sea Wolf, Ingrid Michaelson and Tegan Quin

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Lush Life

A Novel

So, what do you do?” Whenever people asked him, Eric Cash used to have a dozen answers. Artist, actor, screenwriter . . . But now he’s thirty-five years old...

"....” —Francine Prose, The New York Times Book Review, on Freedomland. Prologue The Quality of Life Task..."

Richard Price Richard Price

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Oracle Night

A Novel

Several months into his recovery from a near-fatal illness, thirty-four-year-old novelist Sidney Orr enters a stationary shop in the Cobble Hill section of...

"...." --Stacey D'Erasmo, The New York Times Book Review "Compulsively readable yet wonderfully complex and unsettling." --Eric Grunwald, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "As in New York Trilogy [Auster] subverts our..."

Paul Auster Paul Auster

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The Bonfire of the Vanities

A Novel

Vintage Tom Wolfe, the #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. "No one has portrayed New York Society this accurately and...

"...Vintage Tom Wolfe, the #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. "No one has portrayed New York Society this accurately and.... Vintage Tom Wolfe, the #1 bestseller that will forever define late-twentieth-century New York style. "No one has portrayed New York..."

Tom Wolfe Tom Wolfe

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Begin Again

Collected Poems

A longtime teacher, activist, feminist, and masterful writer of short fiction and essays, Paley is also an accomplished poet. Combining her two previous...

"...struggle to come to terms with age and mortality."--Adam Kirsch, The New York Times Book Review "Paley..."

Grace Paley Grace Paley

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Enormous Changes at the Last Minute

Stories

In this collection of short stories, originally published in 1974, Grace Paley "makes the novel as a form seem virtually redundant" (Angela Carter, London...

"...Carter, London Review of Books). Her stories here capture "the itch of the city, love between parents and children" and "the cutting edge of combat" (Lis Harris, The New York Times Book Review..."

Grace Paley Grace Paley

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The Collected Stories

This reissue of Grace Paley’s classic collection—a finalist for the National Book Award—demonstrates her rich use of language as well as her extraordinary...

"...and children, or the cutting edge of combat, as well." —Lis Harris, The New York Times Book Review..."

Grace Paley Grace Paley

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Just As I Thought

This rich and multifaceted collection is Grace Paley's vivid record of her life. As close to an autobiography as anything we are likely to have from this...

Grace Paley Grace Paley

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The River Queen

A Memoir

In the fall of 2005 acclaimed writer Mary Morris set off down the Mississippi River in a battered old houseboat called The River Queen, with two river rats...

"...is my new favorite book; I wish I'd been the one to write something so flawless, so honest, and so..."

Mary Morris Mary Morris

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Hooking Up

In Hooking Up, Tom Wolfe ranges from coast to coast observing 'the lurid carnival actually taking place in the mightiest country on earth in the year 2000.'...

"..., dazzling riffs of his." --Maureen Dowd, The New York Times "His fans will find plenty of evidence..."

Tom Wolfe Tom Wolfe

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Fidelity

Poems

Just before her death in 2007 at the age of eighty-four, Grace Paley completed this wise and poignant book of poems. Full of memories of friends and family and...

"...Just before her death in 2007 at the age of eighty-four, Grace Paley completed this wise and poignant book of poems. Full of memories of friends and family and.... Just before her death in 2007 at the age of eighty-four, Grace Paley completed this wise and poignant book of poems. Full of memories of friends and family and incisive observations of life in both her beloved hometown, New York City, and rural Vermont, the poems are sober and playful, experimenting with form while rema..."

Grace Paley Grace Paley

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A Man in Full

A Novel

Big men. Big money. Big games. Big libidos. Big trouble. A decade ago, The Bonfire of the Vanities defined an era--and established Tom Wolfe as our prime...

Tom Wolfe Tom Wolfe

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I Am Charlotte Simmons

A Novel

Tom Wolfe, the master social novelist of our time, the spot-on chronicler of all things contemporary and cultural, presents a sensational new novel about life,...

"..., and that biting satire."--Steve Garbarino, New York Post "Wolfe's dialogue is some of the finest..."

Tom Wolfe Tom Wolfe

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The Right Stuff

From "America’s nerviest journalist" (Newsweek)--a breath-taking epic, a magnificent adventure story, and an investigation into the true heroism and courage of...

"..." (The New York Times Book Review). "Technically accurate, learned, cheeky, risky, touching, tough, compassionate, nostalgic, worshipful, jingoistic . . . The Right Stuff is superb."--The New York Times Book Review "One of the most romantic and thrilling books ever written about men who put themselves..."

Tom Wolfe Tom Wolfe

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City of Glass

The Graphic Novel

A graphic novel classic with a new introduction by Art Spiegelman Quinn writes mysteries. The Washington Post has described him as a...

"...A graphic novel classic with a new introduction by Art Spiegelman Quinn writes mysteries. The Washington Post has described him as a.... A graphic novel classic with a new introduction by Art Spiegelman Quinn writes mysteries. The Washington Post has described him as a “post-existentialist private..."

By Paul Auster, Paul Karasik, David Mazzucchellil and Art Spiegelman

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Collected Prose

Autobiographical Writings, True Stories, Critical Essays, Prefaces, and Collaborations with Artists

An essential collection from one of the finest thinkers and stylists in contemporary letters. The celebrated author of The New York Trilogy, The Book of...

"...An essential collection from one of the finest thinkers and stylists in contemporary letters. The celebrated author of The New York Trilogy, The Book of.... An essential collection from one of the finest thinkers and stylists in contemporary letters. The celebrated author of The New York Trilogy, The Book of Illusions, and Oracle Night presents here a highly personal collection of essays..."

Paul Auster Paul Auster

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The Brooklyn Follies

A Novel

 National Bestseller A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice  Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, retired, estranged from his only...

"...National Bestseller A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, retired, estranged from his.... National Bestseller   A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice   Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, retired, estranged from his..."

Paul Auster Paul Auster

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Clockers

A Novel

Novelist and Academy Award–nominated screenwriter Richard Price's bestselling second novel offers "an unforgettable picture of inner-city decay and despair"...

"...is "powerful . . . harrowing . . . remarkable" (The New York Times Book Review).. "Triumphant..."

Richard Price Richard Price

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A Picador Paperback Original A new movie written and directed by Paul Auster, starring David Thewlis, Irene Jacob, Michael Imperioli, and Sophie...

"...A Picador Paperback Original A new movie written and directed by Paul Auster, starring David Thewlis, Irene Jacob, Michael Imperioli, and Sophie.... A Picador Paperback Original   A new movie written and directed by Paul Auster, starring David Thewlis, Irene Jacob, Michael Imperioli, and Sophie Auster.   From The New York Trilogy to The Book of Illusions and Travels in the Scriptorium, Paul..."

Paul Auster Paul Auster

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Travels in the Scriptorium

A Novel

An old man awakens, disoriented, in an unfamiliar chamber. With no memory of who he is or how he has arrived there, he pores over the relics on the desk,...

Paul Auster Paul Auster

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Man in the Dark

A Novel

A new novel with a dark political twist from “one of America’s greats.”* Man in the Dark is Paul Auster’s brilliant, devastating novel about the many...

"..., and she dropped out of .lm school in New York and came home to live with her mother in Vermont. His..."

Paul Auster Paul Auster

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The Perfect Scent

A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

From the New York Times perfume critic, a stylish, fascinating, unprecedented insider’s view of an industry and its charismatic characters No journalist...

"...From the New York Times perfume critic, a stylish, fascinating, unprecedented insider’s view of an industry and its charismatic characters No journalist.... From the New York Times perfume critic..."

Chandler Burr Chandler Burr

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The Overwhelming

A Play

As a middle-aged American academic who desperately needs to publish a book in order to gain tenure, Jack Exley leaps at the chance to go to Rwanda to write...

J. T. Rogers

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