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Monday
Nov172008

NYC #1

We'll start things off with a classic. This is New York by M. Sasek. One in a long series including This is Paris, This is San Francisco, This is Greece.. you get the idea. Originally published in 1960, and thankfully reprinted by Universe Publishing in 2003.

This book is like taking a ride on a big red tourist bus, where you get to see all the sights and sounds of the city in one sitting. Except with this book you have a charming, witty guide who knows all the best spots all over the city: way up in Harlem, over the Brooklyn Bridge, even out in Coney Island. And man, you're sad when the ride is over. 


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Reader Comments (7)

We have this one too!

11.17.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

Thanks for the recommendation. We moved a couple of years ago and are now close to the city. My husband and I love to go but I'm embarresed to say that we have not taken our children in yet. This will be a great story to read before we take them!

11.17.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I haven't read this one yet, but am familiar with this great series. Maybe we'll get it before our next trip to see my sister's family.

11.17.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLecia

Been reading your blog for awhile, love it.

We don't live in NYC, but love this series of books.

We lived in SF for a long time, so "This is San Francisco" is one of our favorites!

11.21.2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

wow! i have this book too.. my mom bought it for me many many years ago at a library book sale for maybe 25 cents? = ]

01.21.2009 | Unregistered Commenterdeborah

I'm an American living in Ireland for 9 months, before we moved here someone bought us the "This is Ireland" book and I LOVE it! Just great.

02.11.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMolly W.

Don't know if you'll see my comment, since I'm trolling around in your archives, however, I had to add this anecdote:

About six years ago, while pushing my two-year-old twins around our old Manhattan neighborhood (97th & WEA), I came upon a treasure. A pre-school had cleaned out their library and all of the books were sitting on the curb, shoved into bags and haphazardly heaped into boxes. I put as many as I could into my McLaren (turns out that's about 40) and pushed my library on wheels home, rejoicing in that NY moment. I scored about six books (first editions) from the Sasek series. I foolishly cut "This is Scotland" for some decoupage project, and regretted it immediately.

02.18.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJill

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