Inspired by Joan Didion’s essay about her complicated relationship with New York comes an anthology of 27 celebrated writers on their own tales about the city they call home. Elizabeth Gilbert writes about being a bartender at the Coyote Ugly Saloon (who knew?!), Adam Sternberghsays something every New Yorker knows: moving here is hard, not romantic, and Whoopi Goldberg remembers growing up in the Chelsea Projects and how the city was her giant classroom.
In each of these stories, you’ll recognize a bit of yourself. New York City is a hard place to live. The rent is ridiculous and you spend your morning commute crammed up against people you have no interest in knowing (or smelling). But for a million small reasons, it’s worth it and you stay. Celebrate what you love about the city by curling up with this new book.