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Life In New York: How I Learned to Love Squeegee Men, Token Suckers, Trash Twisters, and Subway Sharks

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Winner of:
2015 Seven Sister Books Award, Nonfiction

Laura Pedersen, author of bestseller Play Money and award-winning Buffalo Gal, serves up a hilarious memoir about three decades of city life. Originally from Buffalo, NY, friends thought the seventeen year old was suffering from blizzard delirious when she left Buffalo for Manhattan. Pedersen experiences her adopted city i
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 1st 2015 by Fulcrum Publishing (first published April 28th 2015)
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Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Pedersen takes the reader on a interesting historical and humorous tour of New York City with its distinctive idiosyncrasies and uniqueness making this accepting patchwork city the pulse of America.

Pedersen shares her observations and evolvement with special interest focused on the 80's not excluding stepping back in time to colonial days while dipping into current times.

I found myself laughing out loud often as I read Pedersen's descriptions and comments on varying identifiers one associates
Sep 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have not heard of Laura Pedersen. However after reading this book, I will be getting to know more about Laura Pedersen. This book does showcase some of Laura's comedic side. I found myself chuckling a few times through out the book. In fact, some passages were so funny that I had to re-read them again.

For example: When Laura talks about the squeegee men and that it was surprising that Stephen King had not written the book "Squeegee Man: Vengeance at the Midtown Tunnel". Jaywalking is an art f
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Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a fun book to read. This book did not disappoint, tho honestly it still doesn't push me to go visit again. New York, I won't be back, but if your a fan this book is for you. Fun nevertheless!
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hilarious, nyc
This was hilarious.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing

An overview of the Big Apple with enough specifics to make for a great trip if visiting or if you already live here, the story of how we went from a Dutch Settlement to the Culture Capital of the world. Pedersen covers the essentials from fashion to finance but specializes in all the quirky and whacky goings-on and personalities that give the place it's fast and furious energy. She points out that there's no real reason for writers and poets to live in such an expensive city but
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The Bible on how to view and survive in the greatest city in the world. Pedersen covers it all including Wall Street, religion, transportation, fashion, holidays, and the arts. Numerous good tips for what to see and how to make your stay a success. Most important, she offers the key on how to view this megalopolis so you're always smiling, learning and enjoying and not frustrated by all the varied customs and behaviors that make New York New York. It's all about att
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining and informative five stars!
I have been to New York once if you count looking out the windows of JFK on my way to Spain. I have always wanted to go and see the city for real. This book was hysterical I laughed so hard in place that I cried. It has a little bit of everything history, humor, and a good guide to the city. I really felt like I have been there now after reading this book and it just boosted it up a few notches on my places to travel list. This author is engaging, and giv
Shana James
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Best compilation of (her own) quotes about NYC, (not made up) facts, and hilarious but true only-in-New-York stories. Pedersen unwraps the city in all its glories and grumblings. Love the part about her grandfather watching the Empire State Building go up and the Native American "Skywalkers" - fearless Mohawks who built the steel framework.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's informative, current, and humorous. Not at all a dry history or travel book. It's one to read if you are thinking of moving to NYC or just visiting there.
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Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I seldom laugh out loud when I'm reading but this book had me laughing all the way through. Pedersen's observations are keen and hysterical.Very clever and amusing.
Sara Goldenberg
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
She came to NY exactly at the same time that I did, and I didn't realize what I saw, when I saw them, until I read this book. And it's interesting to think of how things changed over the years !!!
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Laura Pedersen was born in Buffalo, New York (one of "God's frozen people") in 1965, at the height of The Folk Music Scare. (For details of misspent youth see essay at 'Is there a Nurse in the Church?'). After finishing high school in 1983 she moved to Manhattan and began working on The American Stock Exchange, a time when showing up combined with basic computation skills could be parlayed into a ...more