What are the best books set in New York City?

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    #1The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 

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    #2The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.

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    Thomas Hopkins
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a classic! A pure classic! If you haven't read it then you should at least once in your life or you're doing a disservice to yourself. It really catches a lot that most writers can't and conveys them in such a succinct way that I can't even fully describe -- just give it a read!!"
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    #3Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories

    Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories

    Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories is a collection of short stories by Truman Capote. Aside from the well-known story "Breakfast at Tiffany's," it includes "House of Flowers," "A Diamond Guitar," and "A Christmas Memory."

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    Michelle Webb
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Breakfast at Tiffany's is an iconic story, but hardly one of the best in my book. I feel like it's been built up into something that is better than it actually is. Although there are aspects to this book set that are appealing, I couldn't possibly put this among the best of the many, many book sets that are set in NYC."
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    #4The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar

    The Bell Jar is a book by Sylvia Plath that tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young woman living in New York, and her descent into madness while trapped in the suffocating "bell jar" that is depression. 

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    Heather May
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I always wanted to read this book since others have recommended it to me, and I'm glad I did. The Bell Jar is a classic and beloved book, and I see why. It deals with the author's experience with mental issue and depression. The time she spends in New York impacts who she is as a person and as a writer. "
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    #5A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a classic coming-of-age book by Betty Smith that tells the story of a girl named Francie Nolan and her poverty-stricken family as they struggle to survive in early 20th century Brooklyn, New York.
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    Sanvi Kadam
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "I love this classic book. I read it first when I was about 13 years old. My grandparents lived in Brooklyn in the early 20th century so it was very interesting to read what ordinary life was like back then."
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    #6The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    In Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence, Newland Archer must choose between social stability, as embodied by the wealthy socialite May Welland, or passion in the form of Ellen Olenska.

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    Lawrence Davis
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "About life in New York City during the gilded age, a prize winning effort by Edith Wharton. If the idea of 1870s New York society leaves you wanting more, you'll appreciate this book."
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    #7American Psycho

    American Psycho

    American Psycho is a thriller novel by Bret Easton Ellis that tells the story of the psychopathic Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman, a serial killer in New York City. It is the basis of the movie of the same name starring Christian Bale.

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    Shirley Oliver
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "An incredible indictment of the American tendency to be excessive in all things. The tale was inspired by Yuppie culture of the 1980s, though Patrick Bateman's dead soul transcends all eras. (Patrick Bateman is out there today, as vapid as ever, though he's probably much more evil... and his mobile phone is no doubt much smaller.) Throughout the story Bateman hypnotically drones on and on about brand names, designers, furnishings, status symbols, pop music, numbing us (and himself) to the moments of sheer terror, gore and sexual violence that punctuate the book. The fashion houses, the expensive restaurants (with their corny fusion cuisine, each concept funnier than the next) and the fellow stockbrokers are all interchangeable. Don't pay too much focus trying to differentiate the characters. Nobody else in the book can either. Bateman is frequently mistaken for someone completely different, just as he frequently names others incorrectly. In the end it helps him carry on his double life for much longer than he otherwise could have."
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    #8The Goldfinch

    The Goldfinch
    The Goldfinch is a coming-of-age, Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Donna Tartt that tells the story of Theo Decker and how his life was greatly shaped and affected by Carel Fabritius' painting of The Goldfinch.
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    Eric Silva
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "I love a good book set in NYC. I grew up there, so it's always fun to find books that are set in there. I found The Goldfinch while going through the library. It's a really fun book to read and I kept wanting to read more and more, even when I didn't have time to do so. "
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    #9The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)

    The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)

    The Alienist is a mystery book by Caleb Carr that tells the story of Laszlo Kreizler and John Schuyler Moore as they attempt to solve a crime in 19th century New York. It is the first book of the Dr. Laszlo Kreizler trilogy.

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    Russell Davis
    Written on March 31, 2018
    "Its popular, but I am not sure it takes place in this area"
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    #10The Cricket in Times Square

    The Cricket in Times Square

    A recipient of the Newbery Honor award, The Cricket in Times Square is a children's book by George Selden that tells the adventurous tale of Chester Cricket as he arrives in New York City and makes friends with a cat and a mouse.

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    Jesse Torres
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "Since no one actually reads the newspaper before this app actually gives you the option to read newspapers again"
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    #11Just Kids

    Just Kids

    Just Kids is a memoir written by legendary punk rock icon, Patti Smith. It was originally published in 2010 by Ecco. It won the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

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    Heather Nichols
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This was pretty good. I liked it."
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    #12City Solipsism

    City Solipsism

    City Solipsism by Zack Love is an ode to the thrill of romantic possibility. The story was from the point of view of a New Yorker on relationships as it begins, deepens, and ends over into the unknown.

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    Elizabeth Watson
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "i think there are much better choices in books set in new york city."
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    #13Table 21

    Table 21
    Zoë Green, the television star of the moment has disappeared: the last time she had been seen was leaving the Evangeline's, the best restaurant in Tribeca and owned by her friend Roman Sabarese. Stanley Fitzgerald, an NYPD officer takes over the investigation, a mysterious kidnapping that can change the face of Italian mafia for ever. 





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    Keith Fernandez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I think it is a good and decent solution for this topic"
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    #14Liberty Falling

    Liberty Falling

    Liberty Falling is a mystery novel written by Nevada Barr. It was first published by Avon Books in 1999 under ISBN 0380728273. Liberty Falling is the seventh book in the Anna Pigeon series.

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    Joan Cox
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Liberty falling tackles a set of mysteries in New York City. It is relatively old so it should be somewhat easy to find."
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    #15Bond Girl

    Bond Girl
    Bond Girl is a contemporary chick lit novel written by Erin Duffy, first published in 2012 by William Morrow. It tells the story of Alex Garrett, a woman with a dream of conquering Wall Street.
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    Jeremy Howell
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Bond Girl: A Novel is a book by Erin Duffy. It is available from Amazon for $11.74 for a paperback. It is about a woman named Alex Garrett. She dreams of making it big on Wall Street. It covers her rise through one of the main brokerage houses on Wall Street. It fits the topic very well."
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    #16Three Bedrooms in Manhattan

    Three Bedrooms in Manhattan

    Three Bedrooms in Manhattan is a French fiction novel set in New York written by Georges Simenon. This classic book follows the story of an actor. It is first published in 1946 and NYRB Classics reprinted it in 2003.

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    Thomas Diaz
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This solution goes good with the topic. Not nothing I would get into but my wife probably would"
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    #17Opening Belle

    Opening Belle

    Opening Belle is a contemporary novel written by Maureen Sherry, first published in 2016 by Simon Schuster. Drawing from the author's own experiences, it tells the story of Isabelle, a female Wall Street executive.

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    José Angel Ávalos
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I love NYC. It is always a treat when a book takes place there. The story did hold my attention. But, it lacked the NYC atmosphere I was hoping for."
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    #18Bright Lights, Big City

    Bright Lights, Big City

    Bright Lights, Big City is a classic fiction novel written by Jay McInerney which centers on the life of a young man living in Manhattan. This is first published in 1984 and remains one of the most beloved and iconic novels in America.

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    Kelly Montgomery
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Bright Lights, Big City has an awkward style of writing. It's in the second person. While the book is entertaining, it feels too familiar at times. The plot is ambiguous and takes a long time to get to the point. The book has a sense of immaturity to it as well, and I just didn't find it something I'd read again."
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    #19Spotless

    Spotless
    Spotless is a humorous contemporary mystery fiction and the first book in Spotless series written by Camilla Monk. It is first published in 2015 by Yaypub. 
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    Teresa Flores
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Well this is interesting. The idea of a humor mystery kind of irks me but the reviews make it sound worht while."
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    #20Terminal City (Alexandra Cooper)

    Terminal City (Alexandra Cooper)

    Terminal City is a mystery fiction and the sixteenth book in Alexandra Cooper series written by Linda Fairstein. It is first published in 2014 by Dutton. 

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    Robert Richards
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a great mystery and does take place in NYC. However to call it "best" is a bit of a stretch. I don't really know what I'd call it, but I'd probably say something like it is a solid choice, but not one that you would talk about for years to come."
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    #21Ceremony in Death

    Ceremony in Death

    Ceremony in Death is a romantic suspense mystery fiction and the fifth book In Death series written by J.D. Robb. It is first published in 1997 by Berkley Publishing Group.

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    Paul Cox
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I enjoy reading mystery stories, especially those set in New York so I picked up Ceremony in Death. J.D. Robb is surprisingly good at writing suspense and mystery and has a very unique way of telling a story. I would recommend this."
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    #22Visions in Death

    Visions in Death
    Visions in Death is a romantic suspense mystery fiction and the nineteenth book In Death series written by J.D. Robb. It is first published in 2004 by Berkley Publishing Group.
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    Elizabeth Herrera
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "nice book . i like this book very much."
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    #23NYV: PUNK (New York Vampire)

    NYV: PUNK (New York Vampire)

    NYV: Punk is the first book in the dark and sexy coming of age series New York Vampire written by K.D McQuain which follows the life of Christian set in the 1980s during the New York Punk scene. 

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    Kevin McQuain
    Written on January 10, 2019
    "1980s Punk Rock Vampire Adult Urban Fantasy. Enough said."
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    #24Slightly Single (Slightly Series)

    Slightly Single (Slightly Series)

    Slightly Single is a contemporary romance novel by Wendy Markham. It is the first book in the Slightly series, first published in 2002. It tells the story of Tracy Spadolini, who finds herself single in New York City.

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    Crystal Olson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "New York is my favorite city, and I just can't get enough of books that use the big, vibrant city as a backdrop for their story. Slightly Single is no exception, I love it! "
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    #25Terminal Rage

    Terminal Rage
    Terminal Rage is a mystery thriller fiction novel written by A.M. Khalifa. This book is set in post 9/11 attack and it is first published in 2013 by Citation Books. 
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    Joe Murray
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a pretty good read that is in my hometown of NYC. It's great to know that there is so much culture in this book to reference NYC like that. The book keeps you reading over and over and never let you go because of that gritty NY flavor. I recommend it."
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    #26Empire State

    Empire State

    Empire State is a science fiction novel written by Adam Christopher. This science fiction novel was published on January 5, 2012 by Angry Robot. Empire State is the first book of the Empire State novel series.

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    Phillip Thomas
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Ehh... it's just not great. I mean, if you like anything and everything about New York I guess you'll like it, but there are so many books that take place in NYC, so there are many others to choose. The characters just aren't that likable, and the book is kind of all over the place. It seems to me like the author didn't really have a good idea what he wanted to write about, so just threw lots of stuff down on paper. Some of it works... some doesn't."
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    #27Enchanted, Inc. (Katie Chandler)

    Enchanted, Inc. (Katie Chandler)

    Enchanted, Inc. is a romantic urban fantasy novel written by Shanna Swendson. First published in 2005, it is the first book in the Katie Chandler series. It tells the story of Katie Chandler, who starts working for a magical company.

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    Janice Franklin
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book isn't so much set in New York City as it is set in an alternate version of the Big Apple. The author has a way of explaining character's actions and inactions that frustrates me when I read it. When little actually happens, you'll wonder why you opened the book up to begin with."
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    #28All My Tomorrows (The Orphan Trains)

    All My Tomorrows (The Orphan Trains)

    All My Tomorrows is a historical fiction and the second book in The Orphan Trains series written by Al and JoAnna Lacy. It is first published in 2003 by Multnomah. 

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Best What are the best books set in New York City
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Great GatsbyBooks 42 Paid
2The Catcher in the RyeBooks 39 Paid
3Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three StoriesBooks 37 Paid
4The Bell JarBooks 36 Paid
5A Tree Grows in BrooklynBooks 33 Paid
6The Age of InnocenceBooks 31 Paid
7American PsychoBooks 29 Paid
8The GoldfinchBooks 27 Paid
9The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler)Books 25 Paid
10The Cricket in Times Square Books 22 Paid
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