Going Into Town

Going Into Town

A Love Letter to New York

Book - 2017
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"For native Brooklynite Roz Chast, adjusting to life in the suburbs (where people own trees!?) was surreal. But she recognized that for her kids, the reverse was true. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange world of Manhattan: its gum-wad-dotted sidewalks, honey-combed streets, and 'those West Side Story-things' (fire escapes). Their wonder inspired 'Going into Town,' part playful guide, part New York stories, and part love letter to the city, told through Chast's laugh-out-loud, touching, and true cartoons."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury USA, 2017
ISBN: 9781620403211
1620403218
Characteristics: 169 pages : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm

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LPL_DanC Nov 05, 2018

Veteran New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is great, and if you're going to NYC, grab this along with the traditional guidebooks. It's a quick-reading, hand-drawn guide to New York by someone who grew up there. It's based on a guide she drew for her daughter, who grew up in the suburbs, but was headed to New York for college, so it has sort of a gentle, parental feel to it, which is perfect if you're like me and haven't spent much time in New York City and have a little anxiety about how overwhelming it may be. Also, if you only read the two pages explaining how the grid system of avenues and cross streets is set up in Manhattan, that 5 minutes with this book might save you a ton of time and confusion on the ground later.

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Earlgrey454
Nov 10, 2017

This felt like a book Chast's publisher likely pressured her to come up with quickly to follow the success of her previous book set in NYC "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" This one is just a cartoon version of a NYC guidebook for those not familiar with it. There is some humor, not a lot, but if you already know the city reasonably well, there isn't much here of interest. If you don't know the city very well, then you'll at least learn a few things about it.

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