By Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spins opens with a small figure walking a tightrope between the Twin Towers in 1974 New York. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in this stunningly lyrical and intricate portrait of a city and its people.
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The New Yorkers
By Cathleen Schine
An ode to New Yorkers and their dogs, The New Yorkers strings together disparate stories connected only by the Upper West Side. Then, the summer of 2003 brings a blackout—and unexpected new directions. A heartfelt and curiously endearing read.
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By John Wray
William Heller is a 16-year-old boy who takes us on a journey beyond New York itself and into a mind that hopes for better things, including saving the world from global warming. With a surprising lilt in the narrative, John Wray pays homage to Catcher in the Rye without missing a step in his own story. Read the review
One Fifth Avenue
By Candace Bushnell
If One Fifth Avenue teaches us anything, it's that all is fair in love and real estate. Here, the wealthy and eccentric go to blows over an art deco Greenwich Village building and the uproarious characters that inhabit it. Read the review
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By Patrick McGrath
Charlie Weir is a psychiatrist specializing in trauma victims. When his misjudgment in the treatment of one of his patients has fatal consequences, it affects his family and his marriage in devastating ways. In this thriller, nothing is as it seems, and when you finish, you will only wish you had a little more. Read the review
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