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The Big Review: 5 Classic Books Set In New York City

From the 1870s to 1960s, Fifth Avenue to Brooklyn, New York City has inspired many stories and great novels, often with the Big Apple becoming a protagonist itself.  If you’re planning a trip to the city that never sleeps we recommend reading one of these iconic books to truly heighten your experience.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

When you think Breakfast at Tiffany’s, you think Audrey Hepburn. The renowned movie was based on the novel which follows the story of glamorous and mysterious Holly Golightly. A Manhattan girl from the 1940s, whose comfort place is Fifth Avenue’s Tiffany & Co. store. She’s a heart-breaker looking for a man who can make her lavish dreams come true. A classic novel you don’t want to miss.

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The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Relive the 1920s jazz era with Anthony and Gloria. A chic and young couple who are recklessly spending their grandfather’s inheritance while enjoying the endless loop of partying and dancing in the city that never sleeps. But their nightlife and marriage beings to change once the money stops coming in… 

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Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Set in the 1950s, this book is a journey of identity, humorous observations, teenage angst, and alienation. Holden Caulfield is a teenager who leaves school and goes underground in New York City for three days. The teenager witnesses unusual circumstances and expresses mixed emotions of pain and pleasure.

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Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Newland Archer is raised in one of New York City’s most elite families during the 1870s. The plot gets intriguing when his engagement with socialite May Welland is confirmed, but Archer begins to fall in love with his fiancé’s cousin Ellen Olenska. This book examines a historical conflict: love or family.

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The Godfather by Mario Puzo

In the millennial age, everyone has probably seen the adaptation of this book on Netflix. But the original story of Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic movie is famous because of Mario Puzo’s tale of New York City’s mafia boss lord and enemies of the distinguished Corleone family. The twists and turns of this classic keep the readers grasped until the end.

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