‘Going Into Town’ Celebrates Everything We Love (and Love to Hate) About New York City [REVIEW]

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In Roz Chast’s love letter to New York, Going Into Town, she reminisces about everything we love and loathe about the Big Apple, including its wildlife. (Illustration by Roz Chast)

From the very first time I stepped foot in New York City as a teenager, I’m one of those people who is simply crazy about the place. I love everything about it: from the sidewalk food vendors to the mom-and-pop coffee shops, from Little Italy and Chinatown to Wall Street and Battery Park. There’s a palpable energy there that throbs with life, like an irresistible rhythm that simply invades my soul, and I feel it every time I arrive. Now author and cartoonist Roz Chast captures every nuance of that experience in her love letter to Manhattan, Going Into Town.  Read more of this post

Some Friendships Are Stronger Than War, Just Ask ‘Bess and Frima’ [REVIEW]

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Theirs is a friendship that would endure politics, marriage, and even war. (Photo courtesy Julie Metz)

Two girls on the cusp of womanhood. Two lives irrevocably intertwined. In the face of World War II, each must make decisions that will shape their destinies and alter the course of their lives forever. But which dreams will they pursue and will fate ultimately tear them apart? Find out in Alice Rosenthal’s new historical novel, Bess and Frima, a coming-of-age story about friendship, family, and daring to be different. Read more of this post

Evil Lurks in Every Corner of the ‘City Of Endless Night’ [REVIEW]

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Evil has everyone on the run in Preston and Child’s City of Endless Night. (Photo courtesy Pexels)

A billionaire’s daughter is missing. The police know she will turn up eventually. But when they do find her, it isn’t how they hoped. The truth is a lot more grisly. Now it is up to a renowned FBI agent to step in and solve the case in Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child’s new thriller, City of Endless Night. Read more of this post

‘The Girl in Times Square’ Has A Hard Time Maintaining Her Focus [REVIEW]

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In Paullina Simons’ The Girl in Times Square, a young woman’s search for her missing friend turns into a life-shattering odyssey. (Photo courtesy Pexels)

Life in the big city of New York is expensive and filled with lots of distractions, especially for art student Lily Quinn. But she forgets all of that when her best friend and roommate Amy vanishes without a trace in Paullina Simons’ The Girl in Times Square.  Read more of this post

Two Women Test Their Mettle in ‘The Wicked City’ [REVIEW]

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Two women from different eras are linked by a very special place in Beatriz Williams’ The Wicked City. (Photo courtesy Pexels)

When a modern woman is forced to start life anew, she discovers an unexpected link to the past in her new home. How will she balance her newfound connection to a freespirited woman from the Jazz Age with the woman she has always known herself to be? Find out in Beatriz Williams’ The Wicked City.   Read more of this post