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Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  3,191 ratings  ·  548 reviews
From the #1 NYT bestselling author of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast's new graphic memoir--a hilarious illustrated ode/guide/ thank-you note to Manhattan.

A native Brooklynite-turned-suburban commuter deemed the quintessential New Yorker, Roz Chast has always been intensely alive to the glorious spectacle that is Manhattan--the daily clash of sidewa
Hardcover, 169 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Bloomsbury USA
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Elyse Walters
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you love Roz Chast, or New York and have perhaps developed a soft spot for graphic art books ......secretly knowing “Can’t We Talk About Something More
Pleasant” is when your love, appreciation, and admiration, for ‘graphic art’ books first grew.....then there is no reason you won’t enjoy this book too: “Going Into Town”....a love letter to New York.

I wasn’t rolling on the floor - laughing and crying - hysterically like I did in CWTASMP.... ( yes.... I really ‘was’ laughing and crying uncont
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, travel

I have had exactly two visits to the isle of Manhattan (three, if you count seeing Woody Allen's movie while it was still in theaters). I have a vague recollection of going there once with my father when I was young enough to have required a trip to F.A.O. Schwartz. We also visited the Statue of Liberty and peered out her crown. And, I believe my favorite matryoshka doll was purchased at the U.N. gift shop . . . I'm not sure, and my dad is no longer around to ask. He'd remember, I know.

My second
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This is a charming love letter to New York City from cartoonist Roz Chast. I had liked her previous book, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” and was thrilled she had written another one.

Chast said this book started as short guide for her daughter when she moved to Manhattan for college. The final version is both helpful and humorous, packed with useful tips about the layout of the city, how to get around, what to do, how to find an apartment, etc., but also lots of jokes about the ur
David Schaafsma
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-travel
I just read indie comix artist Julia Wertz’s Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City, and was reminded of other love letters to NYC I have read in recent years: Cheap Novelties: The Pleasure of Urban Decay, Ben Katchor, and See the City: The Journey of Manhattan Unfurled, Matteo Pericoli. I lived in Manhattan, on the upper west side, from 1995-1999, and loved it. But could never be seen as a New Yorker, even if I lived there forty years. I was an am ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
My introduction to graphic novels was the funny and deeply moving memoir Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? It was very good. This book was more guidebook than love letter. It is clear that the author loves NYC and this has good information, but I was hoping for many more personal stories. Still, a quick fun read for fans of the city. 3 stars
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

Faithful readers of The New Yorker and lovers of Roz Chast cartoons, will find in Going Into Town another book-length delectable treat. This book is a special sub-genre of love letters to NYC: the humorous perspective of a native of an outer borough (in Chast’s case Brooklyn), who is also a long-time lover of Manhattan and all its greatness. At the same time as she shows her insider stuff, Chast makes sure you know she’s never been to the Statue of Liberty (too touristy) and was only to the E
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Roz Chast grew up in Brooklyn (before it became trendy) in the same neighborhood that I did; in fact, we even attended the same high school. So I laughed out loud when she describes the destiny she avoided: commuting every day to Manhattan wearing beige support hose and clinging to a subway pole.

Fortunately, Roz Chast evaded that fate and did move to “the city.” But like many city dwellers. she eventually moved an hour north of the city. When her own daughter decides to attend college in Manhatt
So many reasons to love this book! Roz Chast for one - her humor, her fabulous illustrations and her intimacy with her subject. NYC for another - what's not to love! I got half-way through and deemed worthy of 5 stars.

Looping back now that I've finished . . .

I love Roz Chast and have been enjoying her cartoons for decades. I was reminded by the blurb on the back of the book that she has been drawing in The New Yorker since 1978 - almost 40 years! I've been subscribing that entire time, and more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Update Jan 2018: downgrading to three stars after seeing Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City

Less personal than "Can't we..." so if you're expecting something cathartic you'll be disappointed. It's really a Manhattan travel guide but just focusing on whatever Chast thinks is important. I'd get it from the library (or buy it as a gift for someone from out of town and read it before giving it away).
Mary Lins
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: complete
I wish I had read Roz Chast’s “Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York” before my recent trip to New York City! While not a guide book in the strictest sense, there is actually a lot of information and good advice packed in here! Not to mention humor!

I’m a long-time fan of Chast’s work (“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant”, brought me to tears – it was so close to my own experiences) and so it was a treat to dive into “Going Into Town” just a month after my NYC trip. It brought back
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
a gift from my dad
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this from the library, but didn’t pick it up until today, as I’m paying daily overdue fines on it. Now I want to buy it! How will I return this charming, wonderful love letter to New York? And I read it on Valentine’s Day too.

Roz Chast always delights with her humor, her humanity, and her fun drawings. She says this is a “thank you letter and a love letter to my hometown and New Yorkers everywhere. You know who you are.”

I’m forever a west coaster, but I also know she means me.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Headed for New York? Live there already? It doesn't matter. You're still going to wish Roz Chast was your mother, just on the strength of this very funny guide to New York City.
Jill Meyer
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cartoonist Roz Chast - whose work has appeared often the The New Yorker and in previously published books - seemed to strike gold in her last book of cartoons, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant". That book, which was about the aging of her parents and how she coped with it, "spoke" to many, many people in my age group, who often had elderly parents we were responsible for. And, the book reminded US of OUR coming problems, as WE aged. "Good times...", as they say, bemoaning our current ...more
Stewart Tame
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
As the subtitle says, this is a paean to what is arguably the USA’s most famous city. It’s part love letter and part idiosyncratic travel guide. The book was sparked when Chast’s daughter went off to college in Manhattan. Having grown up in and around the city, Chast put together a small guide booklet, which eventually grew into the present volume.

It's interesting to compare this book to Ben Katchor’s work. Both artists are strongly associated with New York City, and both have a pleasingly sketc
I loved the approach of this book.
As Chast states in the first section, the impetus for this book was her daughter starting college in the city. Chast made a zine for her with some basic NYC knowledge that she later expanded into this book.

As someone who is fascinated by the intricacies of daily life and travel, I loved all the very specific information about NYC here. Chast's handscrawl is paired with her illustrations and some photographs. It's very much a mom in a good mood sharing nitty gri
Rachel C.
This was my love Facebook post to New York when I left:

"11 years, 3 apartments, 1 graduate degree, 2 law firms, over 10,000 amazing meals, Shakespeare in the Park, Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, Carnegie Hall, the symphony, the opera, the ballet, the Yankees, the Mets, the Rangers, the Knicks, US Open tennis, the Met, MoMA, the Guggenheim - and that ain't even the half of it. The very best friends a girl could ask for. The very best city a girl could ask for. There will always be a pa
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Roz Chast, nacida en Brooklyn y que actualmente vive en un barrio residencial a las afueras de la ciudad de NYC, siente la obligación de escribir un libro con graciosas viñetas, para guiar y ayudar a su hija -que pronto empezará la universidad y se mudará a Manhattan- a entender la ciudad de la que está totalmente enamorada.

Mediante viñetas divertidas, creativas, originales y muy graciosas, Roz Chast nos trasmite la esencia de una gran ciudad como NYC, nos habla de las ventajas y los inconvenie
I was lucky enough to get an advance reader copy of this book. As someone who grew up an hour and a half from Manhattan a decade or so after Roz Chast, and who worked in Manhattan in the mid 80s, I read this with special fondness. But even if you've never been to Manhattan you will enjoy this book because of Chast's LOL-class humor and her delightful, detail-focused illustrations. The ARC is in black and white with a color insert (the final book will be four-color as are many graphic novels), an ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Truly, a love letter to New York, with lots of Chast laughs along the way!
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Going Into Town

Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York is the inimitable Roz Chast’s graphic ”sort-of-guide and also a thank-you letter and a love letter to my hometown and New Yorkers everywhere.” It’s an ode to New York (of course, meaning Manhattan):

”I feel about Manhattan the way I feel about a book, a TV series, a movie, a play, an artist, a song, a food, a whatever that I love. I want to tell you about it so that maybe you will love it too. I’m not worried about it being ‘ruined’ by to
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rob Chast is a staple cartoonist of the New Yorker. And while this is "oh that is funny" this book isn't snorting your coffee through your nose funny. And it isn't really meant to be. This is more like a guide to New York, with a bit of nostolgia thrown in. It actually is very practice.

I have only been to New York once, and this book would have been fun to read before I went there. It is not, however, the kind of guide that would let you know how to get around in New York. It is more of a, these
Caitlin M
Roz Chast’s brief and charming paean to Manhattan won’t tell you anything essential about its organization, or the transportation options and attractions therein, that you won’t find in a good conventional guidebook, but the telling (in words and pictures) is personal and entertaining, and full of good advice. And if you’ve ever lived in Manhattan, it won’t tell you anything about life in the borough or the essence of New York City that you don’t already know, but the telling is personal and ent ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's possible I may have shrieked loudly in astonishment and wonder when I opened the library's latest box of advanced reader copies and saw this on top. My coworkers came running in alarm. "What? What's the matter?"

I held up the book in wordless joy. They rolled their eyes at my fangirling. I took the book home and delighted in each and every page. I can't wait to order it for our branch.

I'm going to pass this copy along to another big Roz Chast fan. It will make her day, if not her week.
Lee Anne
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Even though I've been to New York only a handful of times, I found many things here that stirred my memories. There's also a lot in here that's helpful, maps explaining street layouts and the subway system, that I could have used in the past. Plus, it's Roz Chast, so it's funny and absurd and perfect.
Seth Fiegerman
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-books
A delightful book from one of New York’s most delightful characters. Roz reminds you the joy of the Big Apple is in the little things: wandering until you find the store that only sells buttons; making up stories about ancient paintings at art museums; and finding the humor in the odd shaped pipes all over these city streets.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This illustrated book (natch), that grew out of a city guide Chast had created for her then college-bound daughter, won't entertain Generation Z as much as it will the parents — it's one of those books that they'll enjoy more than (and thrust upon) their offspring.
Melanie Page
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: st-joe-library
Funny book that had me smiling the whole time. I love the origin of the project: Chast creating a small guidebook for her daughter moving to the city for college.
Shallowreader VaVeros
This book just filled me with happiness. Roz Chast says "For some reason, I've always preferred cities to Nature. I am interested in the person-made. I like to watch and eavesdrop on people. And I really like density of visual information". This is exactly how I feel about cities and nature. An excellent read.
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Rosalind "Roz" Chast is an American cartoonist and a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker. She grew up in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, the only child of an assistant principal and a high school teacher. Her earliest cartoons were published in Christopher Street and The Village Voice. In 1978 The New Yorker accepted one of her cartoons and has since published more than 800. She also publishes c ...more
“Manhattan is a narrow island surrounded by various miscellaneous items.” 1 likes
“I feel about Manhattan the way I feel about a book, a TV series, a movie, a play, an artist, a song, a food, a whatever that I love. I want to tell you about it so that maybe you will love it, too. I'm not worried about it being 'ruined' by too many people 'discovering' it. Manhattan's been ruined since 1626 , when Peter Minuit bought it from Native Americans for $24.00.” 0 likes
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