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New York Diaries by Teresa  Carpenter
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May 05, 12

Recommended for: New Yorkers, history buffs
Read from March 15 to May 05, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

I really wanted to like this singular book of days covering four hundred years in the life of New York City. And yet...it was a drag. The layout was fascinating—starting on January 1, and a crapshoot as to what year you'll read from on every subsequent day—but too often I skipped ahead to the end of an entry to see who the author was. It was too easy to avoid entries from people who just weren't that interesting, and despite the list of dramatis personae at the end, I still had little grasp as to who some of the more prolific writers were and how they fit in. A mix of the famous and everyday (and some bloggers—really, people?) didn't work as well as it should have, and it's unclear as to why. Still, it was an ambitious project, but the ultimate product was exhausting and not really satisfying except in that it was finally over. No stars offered.

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