13 Books That Are Love Letters to New York

One of the best experiences when reading a book is being completely transported to another place–the coffee shop on the corner and the farmers’ market in the square become so real, it’s like you’ve always lived there. It’s no surprise to us that New York City is a frequent choice for authors and readers alike!  These 13 books will transport you to the bustling streets of New York–actually, NYC is basically another character in these love letters to the city.

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Tuesday Nights in 1980

Tuesday Nights in 1980

Molly Prentiss

A transcendent debut novel that follows a critic, an artist, and a desirous, determined young woman as they find their way—and ultimately collide—amid the ever-evolving New York City art scene of the 1980s. Welcome to SoHo at the onset of the eighties: a gritty, not-yet-gentrified playground for artists and writers looking to make it in the big city.

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Dangerous Age

Dangerous Age

Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Couture royalty meets downtown grit and heady artists mingle with freewheeling socialites in A Dangerous Age, a sophisticated, indulgent, and delicious novel of contemporary New York City that women of all ages will devour.

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Everywhere and Every Way

Everywhere and Every Way

Jennifer Probst

Hot on the heels of her beloved Marriage to a Billionaire novels, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst nails it with the first in an all-new sexy romance series featuring red-hot contractor siblings who give the Property Brothers a run for their money!

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Nuts

Nuts

Alice Clayton

When you want a sexy and hilarious read, turn to Alice Clayton! Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful.

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Heart of Glass

Heart of Glass

Wendy Lawless

In this edgy and romantic second memoir, Wendy Lawless chronicles her misguided twenties; a darkly funny story of a girl in the gritty heart of 1980s New York City.

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What Nora Knew

What Nora Knew

Linda Yellin

A thirtysomething self-professed cynic navigates New York romance with help from Nora Ephron’s comedies.

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The Life Intended

The Life Intended

Kristin Harmel

This book is "Sliding Doors" meets "P.S. I Love You." How could we resist? Brings new meaning to the phrase "dream man."

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Nothing More

Nothing More

Anna Todd

Book 1 of a new series featuring After worldwide fan-favorite Landon Gibson as he leaves Washington to navigate love and life in New York City. At the end of the After Ever Happy, Landon got married—but readers everywhere have been wondering who will get to call the nicest boy in the After series their forever love?

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The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

Laura Weisberger

Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn.

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Beautiful Stranger

Beautiful Stranger

Christina Lauren

A charming British playboy. A girl determined to finally live. A secret liaison revealed in all too vivid color. Book 2 in the bestselling Beautiful Bastard series.

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The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

An epic tale chronicling a thirteen-year-old boy's journeys in art, life, love, and loss.

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The Nest

The Nest

Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger.

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The New York Trilogy

The New York Trilogy

Paul Auster

Moving at the breathless pace of a thriller, these uniquely stylized detective novels include City of Glass in which Quinn, a mystery writer, receives an ominous phone call in the middle of the night. He’s drawn into the streets of New York, onto an elusive case that’s more puzzling and more deeply-layered than anything he might have written himself.

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3 comments so far


  1. I’ve read some of these books and they are AMAZING! I will be adding more from this list to my TBR now!

  2. I have read about half of these books. THE NEST and Tuesday Nights in 1980 are both really unique books. Loved them both.

  3. I love it when a book tells you not only about the characters, but the city in which it is set. I too have read several of these — I loved “The Life Intended” — in parts of this book you felt like you were walking down the streets just reading the pages.

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