You guys…

My husband just surprised me with tickets to see HAMILTON in NYC tomorrow night, for my 40th birthday.

No, you don’t understand: we live in Arizona, and we are flying across the country TONIGHT. This whole time, he had me convinced we were driving to a theme park in California for the weekend…

I. Am. Stunned.

(And literally bursting with excitement!)


I’ve always been a sucker for books set in New York City. As a kid, I loved Remember me to Harold Square and From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. As a teen, I read  The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey and that was it. I was hooked. Woody Allen movies, episodes of Seinfeld, Gossip Girl novels, I’m not choosy. New York stories never fail to draw me in, particularly those concerning women who move to New York in search of a new beginning. Choosing a career path, finding one’s footing as an artist, making connections with people, figuring out the kind of person you are, battling the inherent loneliness of city life–these are just a few of the topics that appear frequently in my ideal New York novel. And don’t even get me started on the luxurious descriptions of city landmarks and skyline views, the restaurants and the people and the teeming streets. I love it all. Fortunately, and with the help of great lists like fellow rioter Rachel Manwill’s 100 Must Read New York City Novels, I rarely have trouble finding a book to read that fits this criteria. Here are five examples that hit all of the sweet spots for me.