Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

by Sari Botton (Editor)


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From Roxane Gay to Cheryl Strayed, 28 groundbreaking writers share their visceral, heart-bending stories about the everlasting magic-and unavoidable misery-of living in New York City

In 1967, Joan Didion wrote an essay called Goodbye to All That, a work of such candid and penetrating prose that it soon became the gold standard for personal essays. Like no other story before it, Didion's tale of loving and leaving New York captured the mesmerizing allure Manhattan has always had for writers, poets, and wandering spirits.

In this captivating collection, 28 writers take up Didion's literary legacy by sharing their own New York stories. Their essays often begin as love stories do, with the passion of something newly discovered-the crush of subway crowds, the streets filled with manic energy, and the certainty that this is the only place on Earth where one can become exactly who she is meant to be.

They also share the grief that comes when the metropolis loses its magic and the pressures of New York's frenetic life wear thin on even the most fervent dwellers. As friends move away, rents soar, and love-still- remains just out of reach, each writer's goodbye to New York is singular and universal, like New York itself.

With Cheryl Strayed, Dani Shapiro, Emma Straub, Ann Hood, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580054942
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/08/2013
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 167,521
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Sari Botton is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Sun, The Village Voice, Harper’s Bazaar, More, Marie Claire, WWD, W, The Rumpus, Memoirville, This Recording,, assorted anthologies, and other publications. She studied English and journalism at SUNY Albany, where years later she was an adjunct professor of undergraduate journalism. She also taught first-person essay writing at SUNY Ulster.

Sari is the editorial director of the TMI Project, a non-profit organization that holds true storytelling workshops in jails, shelters, veterans’ hospitals, schools, and other places where people don’t usually get to tell their stories or be heard.

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Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JoBean More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Sari Botton for compiling a touching and well-written collection of musings on life in New York City.  If you live in NYC, or have in the past 2 decades, you'll enjoy the nuances and subtleties that only a "New Yorker" (transplant or native) can relate to.  I will say that if you've never lived here, the book gives a slightly skewed perception of the lifestyle preferences here.  Not everyone in NYC has done tons of drugs, not all writers are edgy and fringe... and certainly not everyone prefers the East Village of yore when it was squalid and dangerous.  Still, it's a terrific homage to Joan Didion's original essay and a compelling, poignant read all the way through.   
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