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In this collection of work, most of which was originally published as a series in the New York Times and the Paris Review, Pericoli (The City out My Window: 63 Views on New York) takes the reader on a journey around the world, capturing the views that inspire and distract 50 of the world's writers, including Orhan Pamuk, Daniel Kehlmann, and Nadine Gordimer. A simple illustration by Pericoli accompanies each of the 50 vignettes that share stories of hope and pain, writing, trees, birds, and cities, and more. The stories are quiet and touching in their simplicity, yet captivating in their ability to look beyond the mundane and capture the beauty of the everyday. Pericoli's richly detailed illustrations serve as a great counterpoint to the text, taking the reader through a window that overlooks one of Cairo's working-class neighborhoods, to a backyard in Albania and to a courtyard in Buenos Aires. VERDICT This is a great read for those interested in the lives of writers, lovers of memoir, and anyone with a touch of wanderlust. A fun conversation starter and introduction to writers from around the world.—Gricel Dominguez, Florida International Univ. Lib.