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North River by Pete Hamill
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Feb 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: a-favorite-author, bookcrossing, made-me-look-something-up, places-i-have-been, satisfying, taught-me-something
Read from February 25 to 27, 2011

I read Pete Hamill books for many reasons, but one is because I love to see how he plays out his adoration for New York City. The city is more than a location for Hamill, it is a character in his writings. The man is in love with the place, its setting, history, people, quirks and sites. Through him, I get glimpses into the New York of the past, in the days before chain stores and globalization. It's one of the main things that keeps me reading Hamill -- he keeps declaring his love, and I keep exploring the New York of the early 1900s when my family first arrived, and when my parents were young.

North River is full of the Depression, gangs, soldiers home from the war, the Tammany bosses, and the world of immigrants: Irish, Italian and Jewish, primarily. But it's also a love story and a story of a father/grandfather's love.

What a joy it was to spend a few days in 1934 with Mr Hamill's story.
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02/27/2011 page 305
83.0% ""You and me, Doc, we come from a long line of dead people.""
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