Going into Town

Going into Town

A Love Letter to New York

eBook - 2017
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Washington Post "10 Best Graphic Novels of the Year"
New York Magazine "The Year's Most Giftable Coffee Table Books"
Newsday "Best Books of the Season"
The Verge "The Ten Best Comics of the Year"
An Indie Next Pick
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)—and 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.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing


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Feb 20, 2020

A delightful, humorous guide to the city. The authors love of the city and her daughter shine through. I learned a couple new tips! A terrific read ( even if you are not planning a trip).

KHCPL_Doug Dec 05, 2019

Roz Chast subtitled her graphic novel A Love Letter to New York. That's exactly what this book is, and it's what makes this such a fun and enlightening read. It's part guidebook and part love letter. Having only been to NYC twice in my life, I still felt like this book captures that special magic, feel and vibe that is uniquely New York. And although I'm not a huge fan of her art style, here it works wonderfully and brings out the emotions of the city and of the people within the city. If you're planning a trip to NYC, then read this. It's quick and it has some helpful hints. If you just love the city, or the idea of the city, then also read this because it will reaffirm what you love (and the parts we ignore). It's an all around wonderful book.

ArapahoeIrinaB Jun 28, 2019

This book is a charming declaration of love for New York. It`s not really a guidebook, yet it is, in some way. It is smart and funny, bit sarcastic, still imbued with love and kindness. A true love letter to New York, somewhat nostalgic and warm.

May 18, 2019

Having visited New York, I found this book quite pithy and funny. It really caught the essence of Manhattan. If you visit the island, make sure you go to The Cloisters.

Mar 24, 2019

Very enjoyable.

Jan 25, 2019

Wonderful and fun. Even if you know New York well, pick this book up. It's a great and nostalgic look at a city that is changing and disappearing at the same time. (PS: Even though Chast explains that this started as a guide book for her daughter, it is NOT a guidebook. If you have that expectation you will be disappointed.)

LPL_DanC Nov 05, 2018

Veteran New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast is great, and if you're going to NYC, grab this along with the traditional guidebooks. It's a quick-reading, hand-drawn guide to New York by someone who grew up there. It's based on a guide she drew for her daughter, who grew up in the suburbs, but was headed to New York for college, so it has sort of a gentle, parental feel to it, which is perfect if you're like me and haven't spent much time in New York City and have a little anxiety about how overwhelming it may be. Also, if you only read the two pages explaining how the grid system of avenues and cross streets is set up in Manhattan, that 5 minutes with this book might save you a ton of time and confusion on the ground later.

Jan 21, 2018

If you love everything about NYC or everything you've read by Roz Chast don't miss this, her "love letter to New York". I gobbled it up in a single sitting and will be leaving it out on my table for another couple of weeks in the hopes and expectation that my family will do the same. I loved every single page of this book.

Nov 10, 2017

This felt like a book Chast's publisher likely pressured her to come up with quickly to follow the success of her previous book set in NYC "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" This one is just a cartoon version of a NYC guidebook for those not familiar with it. There is some humor, not a lot, but if you already know the city reasonably well, there isn't much here of interest. If you don't know the city very well, then you'll at least learn a few things about it.


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