Whether you're an avid bookworm or you don't consider yourself a reader, a good book can offer you the perfect escape from a night out, bad weather, or that occasional head cold that keeps you confined to your couch.
New York City, with its rich history and traditions, provides a great literary landscape for you to dive into.
If you ever want to get lost in the concrete jungle without leaving the comfort of your own home, here are a 6 books about NYC that beat your usual Netflix and Seamless routine.
1. Here is New York by E.B. White
A short and sweet read, Here is New York manages to capture a true and timeless portrait of New York in under 75 pages. It will have even the most unlikely readers captivated and nostalgic.
2. Kafka was the Rage by Anatole Broyard
Set during the beginning of the Beat generation, Kafka is a memoir that brings us back to the early days of Greenwich Village. It captures the true essence of the Village as a hub of radical artistic and social trends, as poet and literary critic Broyard reminisces on what it was like to be a newcomer in such a rebellious neighborhood of New York City.
3. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
We're sure you've seen the classic movie, but put your visions of Audrey Hepburn in a black gown dripping in diamonds to rest and experience this novella. Meet Holly Golightly, an ambitious aspiring socialite, and accompany her and the nameless narrator on a whirlwind journey through New York City that will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.
4. Bright Lights Big City by Jay McInerney
This book might make you a little uncomfortable because it refers to the narrator as “you,” but once you get past that, you'll enjoy this story of a man in the 1980s who is a budding, young professional by day and a raving, club-going fiend by night.
Although heartbreaking and cynical, there are moments of profound realization and hilarity that make this book a New York City classic.
5. Tabloid City by Pete Hamill
Native New Yorker Dellilo introduces us to a family affected by the September 11th attacks and how they all cope with the events that brought them together. His writing is poignant and memorable in a city that would never be the same again.
Tabloid City chronicles the converging lives of several New Yorkers in a time-stamped series of events, including two murders and the death of a treasured print NYC newspaper.
This book is chock full of suspense and surprises that will definitely keep on the edge of your seat for this brilliant take on a murder mystery.
6. Falling Man by Don Dellilo