City-Pick: New York

City-Pick: New York
Heather Reyes
Reviewed by Venyhamin
Fri, 09/09/2011

Combining both non-fiction and fictional extracts, City-pick: New York is a guide book with a difference.  

Ranging from the city’s origins to recent times and across subjects as diverse as architecture, entertainment and New Yorkers themselves this eclectic selection lifts the lid off the city’s melting pot. It’s fascinating to read eyewitness accounts of Manhattan making a virtue of its limited island space by building skywards, ever-seemingly higher. It is equally enthralling to be reminded how its sometimes mean streets have been represented in literature such as that zeitgeist novel of the 1980s, Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities with its wonderfully colourful prose. Just like the Big Apple itself, this book is crammed with delights that are sure to please both the armchair and actual traveller alike.

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