The Brooklyn Reader: Thirty Writers Celebrate America's Favorite Borough

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There is no other place quite like Brooklyn. Not only has it inspired and nurtured many native writers, it has had a profound impact on those passing through. The Brooklyn Reader features a rich diversity of writings -- short stories, poetry, essays, novels, biographies, and plays -- that offer thirty writers' unique and colorful experiences of New York City's biggest borough. Ranging from warm, nostalgic memories of childhood to humorous tales of new arrivals adjusting to the American way, or just stories of ...
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Overview

There is no other place quite like Brooklyn. Not only has it inspired and nurtured many native writers, it has had a profound impact on those passing through. The Brooklyn Reader features a rich diversity of writings -- short stories, poetry, essays, novels, biographies, and plays -- that offer thirty writers' unique and colorful experiences of New York City's biggest borough. Ranging from warm, nostalgic memories of childhood to humorous tales of new arrivals adjusting to the American way, or just stories of life's unplanned adventures, this reading tour is a true delight. Contributors include:

Anatole Broyard

Cristina Garcia

Henry Miller

Betty Smith

Derek Walcott

Truman Capote

Spike Lee

Isaac Bashevis Singer

William Styron

Walt Whitman

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"Lively, affectionate, moving pieces by the natives and transplants who have made Brooklyn one of America's great literary landscapes." -- Tallahassee Democrat

"Intelligently conceived and intelligently executed ... a portrait of the borough as it might have been edited for William Shawn's New Yorker." -- Boston Sunday Globe

"There's plenty of gems ... one of the best is Capote's evocation of the Heights and those first sentences: 'I live in Brooklyn. By choice.' " -- New York

"Testaments to the mythic place Brooklyn was, and in many ways continues to be."--New YorkDaily News.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780517883792
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,382,352
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2004

    The greatest town's collection of great stories

    To try to capture the rhythms and rumbles, slang and swagger of Brooklyn in one paperbound volume would seem to be an admirable but ultimately futile undertaking. However, THE BROOKLYN READER makes a great attempt, and as successful as one as possible. The diverse classes, ethnic groups, and races are represented well here. Most of the eras are also well-established. Every piece in this anthology was written after the Civil War, when Brooklyn was a city on its own. And most of the selections are from the 20th Century when Brooklyn became a borough of Greater New York. While I wish there was something to represent the borough during the Revloutionary era, I realize the pickings are slim and not always interesting. The prose pieces range from fiction (Betty Smith, Cristina Garcia, William Styron, etc.) to the reflective essay (Paule Marshall, Shirley Chisolm, etc.) to notes on making a film (Spike Lee). The styles within these pieces are varied and make for fascinating reading. What's interesting is the smattering of poetry; most of the poems focus on getting to and from Manhattan. Harte Crane's 'The Bridge', Walt Whitman's 'Crossing Brooklyn Ferry', and Vladmir Mayakovski's 'Brooklyn Bridge' concern themselves with Brooklyn's symbiotic relationship to its more famous (and not always for the right reasons) sister city across the East River. When I finished this book, I had as good an understanding of my own hometown, as I would have from a nonfiction text. But the enjoyment along the way of these author's voices made the learning experience all the more effective.

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