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Low Life by Luc Sante
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Dec 26, 07

Recommended for: New Yorkers, history nerds
Read in December, 2007

My friend Sarah gave me this for my birthday, because as a fellow lover of both history and our native New York, she insisted I read it. Sometimes books as gifts are burdens, but she was dead on with this recommendation. Low Life details saloons, riots, ladies of the night, Tammany, Bowery Bums, orphans, and other neglected souls of the Lower East Side and paints a picture of the city in the late 1800s and early 1900s that sharply contrasts the typical Gilded Age portrait. Plus, Sante's prose is dreamy and flows perfectly.
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