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Goodbye To All That: Writers On Loving And Leaving New York (2013)

by Sari Botton(Favorite Author)
3.72 of 5 Votes: 2
1580054943 (ISBN13: 9781580054942)
Seal Press
review 1: I don't usually (ever) go for a book of essays, so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. Even to a country mouse, the reminiscence and look at the city made me crave the at times calm, at times welcoming, at times unwelcoming, at times chaotic hum of "all that." It's a testament to the writing when you can feel nostalgic for a place you have only been to a handful of times. Quite lovely.
review 2: I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of writers' experiences living, loving, and leaving New York. Most relatable for the likes of me in terms of living here now (going on eight years), and because they are all essays in tribute to one of my favorite essays of all time, Joan Didion's "Goodbye to All That." All of these writers have lived different lives and
... moreat different times -- there's a range of ages, a range of 'New Yorks,' but every New York is the same. Perhaps I wasn't buying heroin or waving goodbye to New York as I flew to New Zealand, but there are similar threads through each essay, and it mainly has to do with that character of this city; that emotional relationship you've found yourself in with a location that lives and breathes just like that lover that loved you and dumped you and reclaimed you and sometimes you just left without looking back. Or you embraced it all the more. Almost how similar points of view can produce such different reactions. less
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I really wanted to love these essays but most were too smug and too dismissive to appreciate.
A bunch of women complaining about how they can't handle NY anymore.
This is a great read for anyone who has lived in, and loved, nyc.
Fabulous essays. You really will cry and laugh.
Well written but painfully redundant.
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