10 Books on New York City Everyone Should Read

Rob Burdock of The League with some Big Apple-centred picks

Truth be told, I have a massive obsession with New York City, and what with me being so bookish it probably comes as no surprise that I'm fairly well read up on all things 'Big Apple'. Following then, is a list of ten books about New York City that I consider to be essential reading. Of course, being limited to a list of only ten titles means I've omitted so many great works of NYC-themed literature. A few notable and perhaps more obvious choices, include Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, E.B. White's Here is New York, Paul Auster's 'Trilogy' series, Edith Warton's The House of Mirth, Amor Towles' Rules of Civility, Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities, and many many more. 

Click on the individual books to read Rob's reasons for including them.

1. Up in the Old Hotel

Joseph Mitchell

4. New York Stories

Diana Secker Tesdell
Call it Sleep cover

5. Call It Sleep

Henry Roth

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Rob Burdock, photographed by Chris Scott
Rob Burdock

Rob Burdock is a member of The League of Extraordinary Booklovers! He runs RobAroundBooks and describes himself as a Literary Evangelist. He can often be found in libraries and book festivals and more frequently on the Internet, where he shares his passion for books and reading.