Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York

Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York

by Roz Chast

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Overview

The Washington Post "10 Best Graphic Novels of the Year"

New York magazine "The Year's Most Giftable Coffee-Table Books"

Newsday "Best Fall Books"

The Verge "10 Best Comics of the Year"

Oklahoman "Best Graphic Novels of the Year"

Winner of the New York City Book Award

From the #1 NYT bestselling author of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast, an "absolutely laugh-out-loud hysterical" (AP) illustrated ode/guide/thank-you to Manhattan.

New Yorker cartoonist and NYT bestselling author Roz Chast, native Brooklynite-turned-suburban commuter deemed the quintessential New Yorker, has always been intensely alive to the glorious spectacle that is Manhattan—the daily clash of sidewalk racers and dawdlers, the fascinating range of dress codes, and the priceless, nutty outbursts of souls from all walks of life.

For Chast, adjusting to life outside the city was surreal (you can own trees!? you have to drive!?), but she recognized that the reverse was true for her kids. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange visual world of Manhattan—its blackened sidewalk gum wads, "those West Side Story–things" (fire escapes)—its crazily honeycombed systems and grids.

Told through Chast's singularly zany, laugh-out-loud, touching, and true cartoons, Going into Town is part New York stories (the "overheard and overseen" of the island borough), part personal and practical guide to walking, talking, renting, and venting—an irresistible, one-of-a-kind love letter to the city.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632869777
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 102,818
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Roz Chast grew up in Brooklyn. Her cartoons began appearing in the New Yorker in 1978, where she has since published more than one thousand. She wrote and illustrated the #1 NYT bestseller (100+ weeks) Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, a National Book Critics Circle Award and Kirkus Prize winner and finalist for the National Book Award; What I Hate: From A to Z; and her cartoon collections The Party, After You Left and Theories of Everything. She was awarded the Harvey Award Hall of Fame Award.

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Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Gail-Cooke More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't love New York? Whether you live there, visit the Big Apple or dream of going to NYC there is a special place in our hearts for New York City. Roz Chast knows that well hence the subtitle "A Love Letter to New York." And that it is as told in the inimitable style of the award winning author of "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?' With her ever appealing drawing style and pinpoint observations she affectionately brings the city to smile provoking life. A native of Brooklyn and dyed in the wool New Yorker Chast eventually (and probably reluctantly) moved to the suburbs where in time to come she would take her kids to visit the wonderful world of Manhattan. She would marvel at their responses to what had been everyday life for her and this book was born. Subways, museums (especially the Metropolitan Museum), ethnic restaurants, tall buildings, storefronts, all were now seen through her children's eyes. Originally a small booklet created especially for her daughter before she left home for college in Manhattan ("so she wouldn't get off on the wrong foot"), that slender piece became "Going Into Town" so that all of us could enjoy her city. As Chast has said she wrote about New York, a place she loves, because "I want to tell you about it so that maybe you will love it too." We do, Roz, we really do! Thank you for telling us about it.
Gail-Cooke More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't love New York? Whether you live there, visit the Big Apple or dream of going to NYC there is a special place in our hearts for New York City. Roz Chast knows that well hence the subtitle "A Love Letter to New York." And that it is as told in the inimitable style of the award winning author of "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?' With her ever appealing drawing style and pinpoint observations she affectionately brings the city to smile provoking life. A native of Brooklyn and dyed in the wool New Yorker Chast eventually (and probably reluctantly) moved to the suburbs where in time to come she would take her kids to visit the wonderful world of Manhattan. She would marvel at their responses to what had been everyday life for her and this book was born. Subways, museums (especially the Metropolitan Museum), ethnic restaurants, tall buildings, storefronts, all were now seen through her children's eyes. Originally a small booklet created especially for her daughter before she left home for college in Manhattan ("so she wouldn't get off on the wrong foot"), that slender piece became "Going Into Town" so that all of us could enjoy her city. As Chast has said she wrote about New York, a place she loves, because "I want to tell you about it so that maybe you will love it too." We do, Roz, we really do! Thank you for telling us about it.