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The Little Big Book of New York: Literary Excerpts, Essays, Recipes, Poetry, Songs, History, and Facts written by Natasha Tabori Fried

 

The Little Big Book of New York: Literary Excerpts, Essays, Recipes, Poetry, Songs, History, and Facts written by Natasha Tabori Fried

Overview:

The Little Big Book of New York is full of everything that makes New York, well, New York. There are the defining recipes, songs, poetry, and literature, of course. But there's also the history of all sorts of different aspects of the Empire state, from Immigration to the Mob, and facts that will wow even the most "been there, done that" New Yorkers. For example, did you know that some 80 odd years ago there were twice as many people riding the subways as there are today? Hard to believe, but true! Never before has the Greatest City in the World been distilled down into one, hefty little package. Illustrated with vintage postcards, linens and ephemera, this book brings back to life the New York of Old, while remaining true to energy and grandeur that is alive and well in the Big Apple today.
It will include:
SHORT STORIES AND EXCERPTS from Caleb Carr, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edith Wharton, Truman Capote, Henry James, Toni Morrison, Betty Smith, Mary McCarthy, and E.L. Doctorow, among others.
POEMS by Sara Teasdale, E.E. cummings, Hart Crane, Emma Lazarus, Langston Hughes, W.H. Auden, Walt Whitman, Frank O'Hara, Ezra Pound, Audre Lorde, and many more.
FACT SPREADS including Famous New Yorkers, Books and Movies set in New York, The Hudson River, Moments in History, Skyscrapers, and Sports.

Synopsis:

The Little Big Book of New York is full of everything that makes New York, well, New York. There are the defining recipes, songs, poetry, and literature, of course. But there's also the history of all sorts of different aspects of the Empire state, from Immigration to the Mob, and facts that will wow even the most "been there, done that" New Yorkers. For example, did you know that some 80 odd years ago there were twice as many people riding the subways as there are today? Hard to believe, but true! Never before has the Greatest City in the World been distilled down into one, hefty little package. Illustrated with vintage postcards, linens and ephemera, this book brings back to life the New York of Old, while remaining true to energy and grandeur that is alive and well in the Big Apple today.
It will include:
SHORT STORIES AND EXCERPTS from Caleb Carr, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edith Wharton, Truman Capote, Henry James, Toni Morrison, Betty Smith, Mary McCarthy, and E.L. Doctorow, among others.
POEMS by Sara Teasdale, E.E. cummings, Hart Crane, Emma Lazarus, Langston Hughes, W.H. Auden, Walt Whitman, Frank O'Hara, Ezra Pound, Audre Lorde, and many more.
FACT SPREADS including Famous New Yorkers, Books and Movies set in New York, The Hudson River, Moments in History, Skyscrapers, and Sports.

Publishers Weekly

New York, it is said, has one of everything, so what better form to capture its abundance than an anthology, as shown in Fried and Tabori's latest, 16th addition to the Little Big Book series. Poetry by Whitman, lashings of Fran Lebowitz, the lyrics to Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind," a recipe for Waldorf salad and plenty of luscious trivia make for a surprisingly tasty dish garnished with gaudy vintage illustrations, many of them so enlarged that they take on a saturated neon glow befitting the book's raucous subject. Much of this material has been collected elsewhere, but the juxtapositions are clever and there are some delightful rarities, including Elizabeth Bishop's poem "Letter to New York," James Huneker's essay "The Lungs" and Willie Perdomo's "123rd Street Rap." Like all takes on New York, this one is personal. Rodriguez may be New York's most common surname, but the recipes are not for chicharrones and mofongo but for matzoh ball soup, pizza and other foods traceable to the great wave of immigration from Eastern and Southern Europe. The city those immigrants discovered and helped shape is much in evidence here, but the voices of more recent arrivals are barely evident. That caveat aside, anyone who revels in the city that never sleeps (and is always ready to eat) will want to own this stylish book. (May 11) Forecast: Backed by a 25,000 first printing and $30,000 ad/promo budget, this volume should be one of the better selling entries in a series that's sold more than one million copies to date. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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