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Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  262 ratings  ·  26 reviews
New York City is not only The New Yorker magazine's place of origin and its sensibility's lifeblood, it is the heart of American literary culture. Wonderful Town, an anthology of superb short fiction by many of the magazine's most accomplished contributors, celebrates the seventy-five-year marriage between a preeminent publication and its preeminent context with this colle ...more
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Stories including:
The Five-Forty-Eight by John Cheever
Distant Music by Ann Beattie
Sailor off the Bremen by Irwin Shaw
Physics by Tama Janowitz
The Whore of Mensa by Woody Allen
What It Was Like, Seeing Chris by Deborah Eisenberg
Drawing Room B by John O'Hara
A Sentimental Journey by Peter Taylor
The Balloon by Donald Berthelme
Smart Money by Philip Roth
Another Marvellous Thing by Laurie Colwin
The Failure by Jonathan Franzen
Apartment Hotel by Sally Benson
Midair by Frank Conroy
The Catbird Seat by James T
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I was surprised how well I liked this collection. I'd bought it not actually realizing it was going to be short fiction -- I thought it would be a compendium of some of the New Yorker's endless stream of profiles and "aww gee, only in New York!" 'Talk of the Town' pieces. But in actuality, it's short fiction first published in the New Yorker which is set in New York.

Given my aversion to my former home -- I've had a rough go of it lately, and as a friend reminded me recently, "Remember that no m
Fun short stories from many well-known writers, all set in New York. From "The Whore of Mensa"(Woody Allen) to "The CatBird Seat" (James Thurber), apocalyptic, humorous, and everything in between. These stories were fun to read and evening more entertaining to listen to. Now if I could just find something similar about LA....
Mackenzie Ann
this is a wonderful book for anyone who enjoys short stories. the pieces date back to the beginning of the new yorker and capture the essence of manhattan in a somewhat anecdotal fashion. of course, this isn't your sappy chicken soup for the whomever's soul. the stories are literary and classic. it's...wonderful.
I got this at an estate sale, and as you can tell, I've been reading this tome for a year and a quarter. This is one of those books that I use to "clear my palate" between longer works (OK, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, S-F, Patricia Cornwell, Lee Child, fun stuff). This is a tour de force of excellent short stories from about 1927 to about 1999. This is a thoroughly enjoyable compendium of stories about New York, and represents a literary Who's Who, from Woody Allen (His "The Whore of Mensa" gives ...more
New Yorker stories about New York. A book to dip into as and when, with no compulsion to finish at one go. Some gems, some mundane stuff. Big names and not so big ones. Satisfying.
Christine Rebbert
I am so behind on my book-keeping (ha ha). But I did finish this book -- the second volume of short stories I've read this year, a genre I am not generally drawn to. But this one was stories about New York City from the New Yorker magazine over the years. A lot of authors you'd expect -- Updike, Salinger, Cheever, Thurber, Janowitz -- and a few I wasn't familiar with. Some were better than others, to me. Some seemed quite dated. Whatever the story was about, New York City was really the main cha ...more
I found this for just $2.00 and am glad i don't pay more for it. Its interesting but the theme of New York becomes a bit repetitious and frankly in most cases it could be any city as a backdrop. I love The New Yorker for its variety and would have preferred if this collection had taken that approach with a broader scope.
A decent compendium of stories - some that you'll already know like the back of your hand (and probably love) and others that you won't (and probably don't). It was only okay as an entire collection, but "location"-themed collections aren't usually my bag so i probably am being subjectively anti.
Diana Ruddick
A terrific collection of stories by some of the luminaries of the literary world. Nearly every one is a gem, thanks to the skillful selecting by David Remnick. I open the book at random to get in the mood for a trip to New York, and am never disappointed.
I haven't read every single story; this was the "textbook" for a creative writing class I took over the summer. It was good. It contains stories from the New Yorker. I gave it a 4 instead of a a 5 for some degree of pretension and samey-ness.
Miraculously, I only skipped over only 3 of these stories. This is truly a superb collection and makes me want to renew my New Yorker subscription. I highly recommend this for any lover of the short story format.
If you're a lover of New York and the New Yorker, then you must read this collection of short stories. Some are better than others. Really loved the one that turns out was done by Alfred Hitchcock. Enjoy!
Some stories star New York, in other tales the Big Apple is but a supporting player or backdrop. Offerings from John Cheever, Lorrie Moore, Philip Roth and Veronica Geng. Selections are hit and miss.
A great mix of storytellers that represent New York in all its facets of life and light. A great reference for writers who want an literary anthology with specific theme.
Maureen Flatley
Loved this wonderful collection of stories by diverse writers I'm going to buy it and leave it on my reading table. Highly recommend whether you love NY or not.
As with any large collection of short stories, some are better than others. But with a volume pulled from The New Yorker, obviously the stories are awfully good.
Feb 20, 2011 Timothy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
So far, this book is awesome. It's the second anthology of stories I've read from the New Yorker, and consequently, I am considering officially ordering a subscription.
A great collection! I am never disappointed by the stories in The New Yorker, and this book was music to my eyes.
Lots of different kinds of stories about New Yorkers. It was ok. Not great.
Nice collection wth some well known pieces as well as some under-known gems.
Vivian Li
needs to live in NYC for at least half year!
Liz Pasfield
Jan 22, 2010 Liz Pasfield is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Great melange of NYC stories!
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David Remnick (born October 29, 1958) is an American journalist, writer, and magazine editor. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his book Lenin s Tomb The Last Days of the Soviet Empire. Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998. He was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age in 2000. Before joining The New Yorker, Remnick was a reporter and the Moscow correspondent for Th ...more
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