New York City is one of the most magical places in the world. There are tons of amazing books set in New York, but these 10 are sure to make you feel as if you're there in the bustling city right along with the characters, whether they're in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens.

10 Amazing Books Set in New York

February 10, 2019

New York City is one of the most magical places in the world. There are tons of amazing books set in New York, but these 10 are sure to make you feel as if you're there in the bustling city right along with the characters, whether they're in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens.

10 Amazing Books Set in New York

February 10, 2019

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New York City is one of the most magical places in the world. There are tons of amazing books set in New York, but these 10 are sure to make you feel as if you're there in the bustling city right along with the characters, whether they're in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens.

There’s something about New York that just sends a certain giddiness through me. Its sounds, smells, people, buildings, and all its other parts combine together to create such a perfect magic.

If you love New York too, here are 10 amazing books set in New York.

These books paint the city so vividly it becomes its own character. You’ll be drawn into the settings, feeling like you’re there right along with the characters.

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1. The Catcher in the Rye

AUTHOR: J.D. Salinger

GENRE: Literary Fiction | Classics

YEAR PUBLISHED: 1951

SUMMARY: The Catcher in the Rye is the story of Holden Caulfield—arguably one of the most iconic fictional characters of all time—and his three days off the grid in New York City.

Although he’s only sixteen, his views on life and other people are tragically adult. Telling his story of pain, panic, and courage in such a vulnerable and tender way, The Catcher in the Rye is an American Classic that appeals to all types of readers.


2. The Bonfire of the Vanities

AUTHOR: Tom Wolfe

GENRE: Literary Fiction | Contemporary Fiction

YEAR PUBLISHED: 2001

SUMMARY: The Bonfire of the Vanities is a satirical novel focusing on a large panoramic of New York societies.

This is a story about the collapse of a Wall Street bond trader described by The Washington Post Book World as “the first novel ever to get contemporary New York, in all its arrogance and shame and heterogeneity and insularity, exactly right.”


3. The Godfather

AUTHOR: Mario Puzo

GENRE: Literary Fiction | Classics | Crime

YEAR PUBLISHED: 2002

SUMMARY: The Godfatheris the story of the Corleone family—New York City’s most powerful underground mafia family.

Drawing you into the world of New York’s seedy underbelly, The Godfather paints a picture of its opening quote—”how behind every great fortune there is a crime”—is an undeniable truth. The Corleone family, and their all-encompassing lives in the Italian mafia, is rife with betrayal, greed, and violence, but fueled by family loyalty.


4. Desperate Characters

AUTHOR: Paula Fox

GENRE: Literary Fiction

YEAR PUBLISHED: 1970

SUMMARY: Desperate Characterswas recommended to me by Joe from You…that’s right, a fictional psychopath. That means it must be good!

This is a story of a middle-aged couple in Brooklyn Heights. They are in a childless, loveless marriage, their further depreciating by the new emergence of urban crime.

Reminiscent of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, this book focuses on the hopelessness, fear, and paranoia of everyday life.


5. American Psycho

AUTHOR: Bret Easton Ellis

GENRE: Literary Fiction | Classics | Horror

YEAR PUBLISHED: 1991

SUMMARY: Set in 1980s Manhattan, American Psychofollows Patrick Bateman, a young, handsome, and successful Wall Street professional.

While his life might seem squeaky clean from an outsider’s perspective, he spends his nights indulging in the ludicrous, insane, and horrifying. Although its horror is blatant, this book’s underlying messages are more subtle, speaking to the danger and power of the high life.


6. You

AUTHOR: Caroline Kepnes

GENRE: Psychological Thriller

YEAR PUBLISHED: 2014

SUMMARY: You is the story of Joe and his (extremely) unhealthy obsession with a girl he’s only had a short, one-off encounter with.

Joe is a stalker and a certifiable psychopath—complete with standing outside her window at all hours of the day in various costumes so he won’t be recognized—yet, his justification of his illegal and insane actions are told in a way that almost makes sense. While he is clearly dangerous and creepy, he is also an extremely endearing character.


7. Let the Great World Spin

AUTHOR: Colum McCann

GENRE: Literary Fiction | Contemporary Fiction

YEAR PUBLISHED: 2009

SUMMARY: Told though multiple characters’ eyes, Let the Great World Spin draws several different lives together set all over the world.

The common string connecting the diverse group of characters is a tight rope walker who’s been training his whole life for his big moment—to walk across a tight rope hundreds of floors up between two New York City skyscrapers.


8. A Little Life

AUTHOR: Hanya Yanagihara

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

YEAR PUBLISHED: 2015

SUMMARY: A Little Life is a coming-of-age story of four friends trying to make it in New York City. While all searching for their own version of fame and fortune, they find solace in their friendship when their cups are empty in every other sense.

This is a moving story about family—running from the ones we were born into and holding tight to the ones we form for ourselves.


9. My Year of Rest and Relaxation

AUTHOR: Ottessa Moshfegh

GENRE: Contemporary FictIon

YEAR PUBLISHED: 2018

SUMMARY: My Year of Rest and Relaxation is set in the year 2000 in New York City, specifically the Upper East Side.

The (unnamed) heroine’s life checks all boxes—good looks, money, status—yet she can’t get past the hole that seems to be at the center of her life, drawing in and suffocating everything that gets near it.

This dark and witty story follows her during her year of self-inflicted hibernation, speaking to the benefits, and even importance, of seclusion and aloneness.


10. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

AUTHOR: Betty Smith

GENRE: Literary Fiction | Classics

YEAR PUBLISHED: 1943

SUMMARY: The story of a life defined by poverty in the early 20th century, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows Francie Nolan—a young girl growing up in the slums of Williamsburg.

This coming-of-age story is an American classic filled with the power of hope, connectedness, imagination, and pushing past what anyone thought was possible for you.


Have you read any of these New York books? And do you have any favorite New York stories to add to the list?

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