Here you can find a number of well-known writers offering book recommendations in tribute to New York, and the literature the city has inspired. Jay McInerney, author of the cult novel Bright Lights, Big City, chooses his best New York novels, as does the British novelist, Hermione Hoby, who moved to the city in her twenties. None of their choices overlap, but both of them in their choices stress the intimacy between the lived-in city and its literary and artistic heritage.
Fran Lebowitz, city legend and social commentator, chooses her favourite New York writers, all people who came there for the freedom “to pursue their interests and live the lives they wanted to.” Ben Greenman, writer at the New Yorker magazine chooses his best books on New York City, including books on the city’s fashions and how it was built, as well as a general guide to the city and works on its culture and history.
Amy Waldman has looked at literature inspired by the attacks on 9/11 in New York.
‘The authors of these five books are people who came to New York for freedom – not so they could get rich, but so they could be free to pursue their interests and live their lives the way they wanted.’ New Yorker par excellence Fran Lebowitz recommends the writers who best capture her immutably mutable city.