Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Blogger Book Swap: I Love New York City

The next link-up post for the Preview to Summer: A Blogger Book Swap is I Love New York City!
I love the idea of this link-up because I live right outside of New York City, or as people here call it "the city," so I'll always soft spot for it in my heart. One of the reasons I love this city so much is because people from all over the world live here. On a regular day I hear three languages in the span of five minutes, I meet people who are from a different country, and come into contact with ideas, religions, and politics that are dissimilar than my own, and I think it's amazing!

ONE | Forever by Pete Hamill

In 1741, a young man from Ireland named Cormac O'Connor sets out on a journey to avenge his father's death at the hands of the Earl of Warren by following the Earl to the island of Manhattan. While on the ship, Cormac meets Kongo, an African slave, and after the two join the rebellion against the British, Cormac is shot saving Kongo. Kongo's dead priestess grants Cormac eternal life so long as he never leaves the island. The book follows Cormac as well as this thriving city as it grows into the 21st century. {Buy the book}

TWO | Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown

An autobiography, this book a thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown's childhood as a hardened, streetwise criminal trying to survive in the tough streets of Harlem in the 1940s and 1950s. Published in 1965, it realistically portrays Harlem life: the tough kids, the hardworking parents, the hustlers, drug dealers, prostitutes, police. What's oddly great about this book is the underlying humor and the fact that Brown is unapologetic about what he did as a child and teenager. {Buy the book}

THREE | The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The classic book follows Nick Carraway when he first arrives in New York in 1922 and moves next to the mysterious man named Jay Gatsby, who throws lavish parties every weekend. Through the eyes of Nick, we see all that Jay Gatsby has done in order to win over the love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. As Nick becomes more involved in the glamorous life of the rich he sees that in actuality it's a life of empty, immoral people. {Buy the book}

Have you read any books that take place in NYC?

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  1. Two of my favorite books that take place in NYC are Time and Again, and Julie & Julia. Have you read them?

  2. I absolutely love books. I have never actually done a book swap! My favorite book of all time is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It's a beautiful coming-of-age tale. I highly recommend it!

  3. I think I alread mentioned that I´m a big reader and I like books really! I think I own about 1.500 pc. So I had already read "The Great Gatsby" and I found it really interesting. But the other books which you introduce here sounds good, too! Many thanks for your tips :)

    xx from Bavaria, Rena

  4. I haven't read any of the books, but I really need to get started on The Great Gatsby, so that I can be done with that before I watch the movie.

    - Camilla

  5. Good BOOKS!!!

  6. NYC is honestly the greatest city in the world! it is full of stories of hope and success, if you want to reach ANY dream you can do it in the city. I am so proud to say that I am from new york!


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