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The New Yorkers

3.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,645 Ratings  ·  315 Reviews
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

Inspired by her account in The New Yorker of adopting a profoundly troubled dog named Buster, acclaimed author Cathleen Schine's The New Yorkers is a brilliantly funny story of love, longing, and overcoming the shyness that leashes us. On a quiet little block near Central Park, five lonely New Yorkers find one another, compelled
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Sarah Crichton Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mar 04, 2011 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. I hoped for better things with this book, because I liked the premise: a group of New Yorkers who become a community because of their dogs. Because that happens, you know? If you have a dog, and you walk the dog, you get to know every dang dog in the neighborhood - and their owners. And to have that happen in New York, the city of strangers, seemed like a lovely idea.

And yet. The truth is, I just couldn't seem to stay interested in the characters. This was partly because they were not excep
Sep 14, 2014 Anastasia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Era proprio quello che ci voleva, mi sento appagata.

Ho fatto letture impegnate praticamente tutto l'anno, merito uno stacco a Natale. Fra l'altro come si può pretendere di leggere roba seria quando per casa ti girano due bambini urlanti, due violinisti che, giustamente, sviolinano di continuo, una mamma (non la mia) sempre ai fornelli e un papà (questa volta è mio) che ha un difetto notevole: non riesce mai a stare zitto.
Insomma, non si capisce neanche come abbia fatto a leggere un libro intero
Jan 06, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had all the elements I'd assume would make for an interesting story: Several characters who will somehow interact despite the odds of doing so, simple and believable plot lines, a familiar setting. However, it failed to set any actual scenes. The term "Show Don't Tell" came to mind as I read. The majority of the book I felt was being told to me rather than revealed to me and I felt that detracted from the story's value.

The narrative follows several characters living in NYC who while l
Lisa Gordon
Feb 20, 2009 Lisa Gordon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel - I am sure it will appeal to dog lovers and owners everywhere. I am not a dog owner, but I certainly enjoyed the tender way the author handled the personal realtionships of the dogs owners to their dogs and to eachother. The book looks at the interaction between the residents of a very ordinary street in New York's Upper East Side. Love, infatuation, frienship and interpersonal relationships are examined with humour and sensitivity. The book shows us how pets actuall ...more
As soon as I read the synopsis for this book, I knew that, as a dog-lover, I just had to read it. (I should have done more shopping around though because, yet again, Barnes and Noble had the eBook available for $9.99 and the actual book for $7.18...Grrrrrrr, B&N.) A book about a neighborhood coming together, and pulling apart, all due to their dogs and dog and dog owner manners, I was ready for the promised funny and light and entertaining story. That's not quite what it was, however. As I r ...more
Oct 12, 2010 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 2 stars simply due to the fact that I finished the book. A finished book deserves at least two stars. However, I did not enjoy this book. Not only was it HIGHLY unrealistic (I get the fact that it's fiction, but it was trying to be realistic, and highly ineffectual), I found it to be very offensive towards women. The author (who is a woman btw) portrays the women in this book as being highly emotional and afraid of making one wrong move in regards to dating men. There was not a ...more
Dec 21, 2012 Linera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So very skillful. I heard her read from this last year at Wordstock. Sophisticated use of POV. Good interwoven stories. (2007)

And now, December of 2012, I'm re-reading this book, because it is so skillfully done. Also, it's quite enjoyable, although I am getting rather tired of New York, but then, I live out in the wilderness of Seattle, by choice, so all the descriptions of how wonderful the city is just leave me cold. I like visiting New York, and then when I notice that I am spending more and
Mar 20, 2016 Ilona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-general, 2016
This is not so much a review as a meander through my responses to it, in no particular order...

People and dogs, dogs and people, people connecting through their dogs, people being changed (for the better!) by a connection with a dog.

I loved this book.

Several stories woven together, all with the connecting thread of the dogs -- dogs they love, dogs they loathe, dogs they are indifferent to. Given that two of my closest friends were made in the dog park as we watched our dogs romp, this book reson
Jessica Leight
This is a charming volume, and I say that as someone who does not particularly like dogs, and hopes never to own a dog. I enjoyed the depiction of New York as a village and the intersection of the various characters. That being said, because the characters are roughly sketched out, almost in small vignettes, the novel is on shakier territory when it becomes more Serious with a capital s, dealing with death (albeit of the canine sort), sex and romance. The abrupt coupling of the main characters d ...more
India Braver
Aug 11, 2015 India Braver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New York City, dogs, and people! What more could you want? This book really made me miss New York, and my dog. It isn't the most interesting or entertaining book- the characters are a bit whiny and caricature-esque, but I liked them anyways, mostly because of how much they loved their dogs. I also really like The New Yorker (magazine) series this piece was based on. This book seems pretty typical, like I don't think there is anything super compelling or unique about it compared to other adult fi ...more
Nov 19, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Fin and Lady so I brought home two more of Schine's novels. I decided I didn't need to read about a 75 year old fellow divorcing his wife for a younger woman--and taking their nice apartment too so I am bringing The Three Weismanns back to the library.

However, The New Yorkers was just the right thing for a few prematurely snow-bound days in November. It's all about how dogs bring people together in a single block in New York City. I don't even like dogs all that much, but I do lik
Jan 17, 2008 Kerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued to read this book that it would really characterize a particular neighborhood in NYC. Unfortunately, I didn't really get drawn into the characters of the dogs or people. A lot of the characters, despite their relationships seem apathetic towards one another. I suppose I kept reading, hoping that the book would become more engaging. didn't really happen. I still read the whole book though..usually I give something kept me going.
Jan 21, 2015 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel follows the life of a group of people and their canine friends living (for the most part) on a single block on the west side of Manhattan, not too far from Central Park. It is certainly readable and not an unpleasant way to spend some time, but there was nothing particularly compelling to me in either the writing or the story. My expectation was that the setting would feel much more New York to me than it actually did. For a New York-based novel, the atmosphere seemed a bit "big-city" ...more
Nov 12, 2010 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was in the right spot at the right time for this book, I guess. I loved it and would probably have given it 4 stars, but maybe that's just because it appealed to me at this moment in time. Anyone who is single and loves animals would probably relate to it. Maybe any dog lover would like it. The main gist of the story follows tenants in an apt. complex in New York and their dogs and how they all interact with one another through their dogs.
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Five apartment dwellers living in a quiet block near Central Park meet over their canine companions. Friendships develop, misunderstandings ensure, couples come together, drift apart and the members find new attachments.

This is a lovely, quick read – a Valentine to New York City. The characters are charming and sometimes exasperating. The dogs are all loveable (even the one that bites). It’s a year in the life of these lonely people wherein they meet and connect
Kelly Olexa
Apr 25, 2015 Kelly Olexa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book-- I had just read another book by her, The Three Weismans....and liked it. I think what I like about this author and the style is that the characters are not so overly predictable. Not everything wraps up nicely-- they seem to me, real. Even though I pick up chick lit or a mystery novel-- and when you read those you KNOW things will turn out well, you KNOW the girl and guy end up together, you still read for enjoyment or suspense, whatever. I just like authors/books and ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed this book, which describes the lives and loves of a number of people who live on one block in New York City. Schine's writing continues to remind me of Jane Austen - in this case, the small community we meet lives on a Manhattan block, not in an English country town, but the effect is similar in terms of pairings, eccentricities, and the accommodations one makes for one's neighbors. She has the same understated sense of humor, the same way of exposing the absurdities of people. ...more
Adele Goetz
How could I not like this book? It's all about how dogs are awesome, especially when their owners are oddball New Yorkers. I'm sold.
Joshua Emil
I find this novel to be plain but comical. With a Vonnegut-esque narration (kinda inspired by the Slaughterhouse Five narration), this is a community's story on how they make New York City as New York City. We all know that the inhabitants of New York City are called New Yorkers and this only applies to human beings. Well, it is here that the canine companions of the characters gain recognition as New Yorkers themselves.

I could say despite the plainness of the plot line, it shows the portrait o
Dec 04, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Still not ready to read books about dogs. I probably would have enjoyed it more had I waited.
Bridget Bailey
This is my first book by this author and it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. I thought the book was going to be more about the dogs and their relationship with their owners and it was to an extent;however, the story was rather boring with nothing really exciting ever happening. It seemed to be pretty monotoneous throughout the entire book with no real high points or low points to bring it to a close. The characters were all rather lackluster with no one really having anything interestin ...more
Barbara Matros
This is a novel about city people who meet other city people in the course of their dog-walking. I felt as I was reading that the author had kept a writing journal about the characters she encountered in such a desultory fashion herself and then cobbled together a shared story by giving rein to her imagination. Some of us imagine the lives of people whom we see daily on a train, in a cafe or at a restaurant. While the characters don't have a great deal of depth, they are sketched in such a way t ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It took me a while to get into this book. Over the past year, I've started it three times, getting as far as the first chapter. There are many eccentric characters living in price-controlled apartments on the upper east side. At first I had trouble keeping track of the many characters, but once I became better acquainted with them, it was smooth sailing. There are many dogs involved in the story. In fact, most of the characters meet one another while walking their dogs around the neighborhood. T ...more
Diane Meier
Feb 21, 2011 Diane Meier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cathleen Schine has created a kind of country village emerging on a New York city block, complete with welcoming cafe and a group of interconnected neighbors who display a series of mishaps and mistakes; skirt, face and avoid tragedies; swallow large doses of loneliness; garner small and great kindnesses; and act, against all odds (to the rest of the world who apparently believes that we don't even smile at our neighbors), behave like a true and caring community.

That many of these very human enc
Dec 28, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toward the end of the book I started to notice the recurring theme about change -- about the ability of people - and dogs - to make real changes in their approach to life.

The book portrays an interconnected group of neighbors in New York who walk their dogs, get take-out food, eat out at the local restaurant and fall in and out of love.

The book offers all the characters you would hope for, including a looking-for-love young woman, a curmudgeonly older man, an unmarried 40-year-old music teache
Jan 05, 2015 Shalyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. After having read several books that seem to have an overt moral or some agenda to push, reading this book was like a nice leisurely walk through a neighborhood on a cool evening. I'll admit that what drew me to the book was the cute dog on the cover, which is the biggest clue to what's in store for the reader. (This may be one book that can be judged by it's cover -- ha! ha!) The book tells several interwoven stories of a bunch of New Yorkers, in all their diversity ...more
Oct 03, 2010 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
They almost seem to be living on an isolated island, with their solitary pursuits and their quirky habits. We meet them one by one, introduced by the unidentified narrator, who seems to be another person in the neighborhood that we never meet.

Jody is a blond music teacher, living alone in her studio apartment in the West Side neighborhood in New York. The block featured in this novel is described as "not fashionable," but the appeal is its proximity to the park, as well as its rent-controlled ap
Erika Barney
This book was set out on the shelf at my library labeled 'reader's choice.' I felt like I missed something because I wouldn't recommend it. The book was a peek into the lives and happenings of the residents along one block of a New York street (and their dogs) during one year. It focused on the relationships formed as people met and became involved with one another during the course of their dogwalks. I don't know if 'existential' is the right word, but just as we don't often have any great triu ...more
Jul 15, 2010 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recall, as a fairly sheltered college student, traveling to New York City for the wedding of a distant relative. It hadn’t occurred to me that there could be neighborhoods in this crowded place of constant motion. When I supposed that it must get lonely living where you would never serendipitously bump into someone you knew, a cousin tried to set me straight by explaining that people frequent the same places and thus you would often encounter the same people. I don’t think I truly grasped what ...more
Mar 10, 2008 Brendan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Cathleen Schine is the author of The New Yorkers, The Love Letter, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.
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