Letter from New York: BBC Woman's Hour Broadcasts
For six years, Helene Hanff held captive audiences all over the world with her monthly broadcasts on the BBC's 'Woman's Hour.' In five-minute vignettes, she managed to convey the essential New York City: life in a high rise apartment building ('the last small town in America'); annals of Chester-the-Sheepdog, Duke, the German shepherd, and their friends; the tree-lighting,...more
I loved how Helene described all the different parts of New York. It gives great insight for those who only know New York from the TV and books. I could almost hear the hustle and bustle of the streets, I got that feeling ...more
I find it odd that someone used the picture from my blog as the picture of this book... not that I mind what with my devotion to Hanff!
Other than 84 Charring Cross Road, this is my favorite book written by Hanff. Letter from New York is full of cute anecdotes (which don't normally like, but loved in this book).
Hanff gives us yet more glimpses into her life, but this time, it is completely directed at an audience - an ...more
Letter from New York is slightly different. Where 84, Charing Cross Road is filled with the actual correspondence between Helene Hanff and the staff of a London book shop, Letter from New York is filled ...more
It makes you long for summer in New York, or C ...more
This is a collection of short scripts Helene Hanff wrote between 1978 and 1984 as a monthly contribution to BBC's "Woman's Hour". She describes "her New York" - her neighborhood and surroundings. I wish I could have listened to these on BBC. The reader gets a lively picture of Ms. Hanff's friends, her neighbors, and acquaintances. I recommend this wonderful and humorous book to anyone who enjoyed her first '84, Charing Cross Road' and to those who love New York C ...more
Probably I would like the Charing Cross Road one.
Diana Athill had a nice comment about the astounding and unexpected success of this book [which she and Andre Deutsch published]
I keep feeling there’s a connection somewhere—between a New York dog homesick for a liquor store and an apple tree, flourishing on a narrow strip of cement, sixteen stories above the ground—but I can’t find it. Maybe it’s that both dogs and trees adapt to New York’s life-style. And maybe it’s just that things happen in this town that wouldn’t dream of happening anywhere else.
Her career, which saw her move from writing unproduced plays to helping create some of the earliest television dramas to becoming a kind of professional New Y ...more