NYC Reads

Can’t wait to arrive in NYC? Check out some of our favorite New York reads below.

New York Inspired Literature
Some of the most famous stories take place in New York City– fiction and nonfiction alike. Curl up with a classic or challenge yourself with a new favorite from the list below:

Modern New York Novels:

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.I. Konigsburg
  • Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
  • When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

Historical New York Novels:

  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  • The Alientist by Caleb Carr
  • Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Washington Square by Henry James
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Present-Day New York Novels:

  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Never Can Say Goodbye edited by Sara Botti
  • Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Nonfiction New York:

  • Here is New York by E.B. White
  • The Encyclopedia of New York City by Kenneth Jackson
  • Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 by Edwin G. Burrows


Love a good book? Once you arrive, don’t forget to check of the Schwarzman Building, the main branch of the New York Public Library; here you can study in one of New York’s most beautiful spaces,check out rotating exhibitions, and browse the gift shop for unique gifts

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