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Books about New York City, or that use New York City as a backdrop.

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The New York trilogy

Paul Auster ; introduction by Luc Sante. |

These uniquely stylized detective novels include City of Glass in which Quinn, a mystery writer, receives an ominous phone call in the middle of the night. He’s drawn into the streets of New York, onto an elusive case that’s more puzzling and more deeply-layered than anything he might have written himself. In Ghosts, Blue, a mentee of Brown, is hired by White to spy on Black from a window on Orange Street. Once Blue starts stalking Black, he finds his subject on a similar mission, as well. In The Locked Room, Fanshawe has disappeared, leaving behind his wife and baby and nothing but a cache of novels, plays, and poems. - See more at:

The power broker

Robert A. Caro. |

The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of our time in New York, the shaper not only of the city's politics but of its physical structure and the problems of urban decline that plague us today. - See more at:

From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

E.L. Konigsburg ; with a 35th anniversary afterword by the author. |

Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself - See more at:

The flamethrowers

Rachel Kushner. |

Reno arrives in New York in the summer of 1975, intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world--artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. - See more at:

97 Orchard

Jane Ziegelman. |

Examines the eating customs of immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Eastern Europe to broaden the understanding of the entire immigrant experience during the nineteenth century. - See more at: