Top 10 Books that Every New Yorker Should Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature of The Broke and the Bookish

This week's theme: Top Ten Books that Every New Yorker Should Read

New York has a very long history, and there are thousands of books to choose from on this subject, so this is a small sampling. You've likely already read a few of them, but others may be a little off the beaten path for most.

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Gods of Gotham, by Lindsay Faye

Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park

Forever by Pete Hamill

Jacob Riis' collected photography in How the Other Half Lives

Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger (I shan't be including The Catcher in the Rye because, frankly, it's a terrible book).

Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow

And Tango Makes Three (because it's just the best)

Being There by Jerzy Kosinski

There are still, of course, other necessary New York-set books that I have yet to read myself (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Godfather, American Psycho, etc.) but this is a good start. I'm always looking for recommendations - drop me a line if you have any to suggest!


  1. What a fun take on this topic! I'm not a New Yorker, but I'm going to have to check some of these out. :)

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  2. Great picks! And Tango Makes Three is so cute! :)

    Check out my TTT.


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