Holiday Reading List: New York Reads Recommended by Author, Suzanne Rosenwasser

Our Holiday Reading Marathon continues!  This guest post comes from author Suzanne Rosenwasser, whose charming memoirs I highly recommend.  I'll let Suzanne take it from here.

My first acknowledgment as a writer came with a local color piece I wrote in the eighth grade. I earned an "A." The town featured was my home: Manhasset, Long Island. In adulthood, a few essays reached the New York Times and these became the basis for my memoirs, Manhasset Stories.

These days I'm a displaced New York baby boomer who loves a story drawn with a rich sense of the place I call home.The books in the list below take readers from the eastern beaches of Long Island to the Borscht Belt of the Catskill mountains; from the Irish kitchens of Jackson Heights to a bar full of LI baby boomers; from a child's view of the Plaza Hotel to a bird's eye view of urban politics in Brooklyn - with many train stops in between.

(in alphabetical order by author)

Coming of age novel  set in the 1960s tells of the trials and triumphs of a Long Island youth and his friends.

Wall street meets the Mafia in this novel set on the aristocratic streets of Long Island's North Shore.

Dunhill's rich prose celebrates Shelter Island's 350th year, along with the fine photography of Alex McLean and stories from Shelter Island Historical Society members.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Classic novel of 1920s Jazz age parties on Long Island where wealth competes with love.

Memoir of a lost boy who finds his way in a Manhasset, Long Island bar where a group of baby boomers helps launch him toward a literary career.

Touching memoir in which the author describes with humor and grace the ways in which muscular dystrophy shaped the lives of her New York family.

The well-loved novel that takes place in the first decades of the 20th century. Young Francie Nolan, a third generation Irish-American, struggles to find herself through the poverty and prejudice of the times in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Pulitzer prize-winning novel written to make a New Yorker feel at home in a mystery that  walks the streets of Manhattan and follows a painting to places far away from the Metropolitan Museum.

A favorite Christmas gift I received in the 1950s: this children's book, with wonderful drawings by Hilary Knight, is the whimsical storyof an eight-year-old who resides at the Plaza Hotel. 

1950s novel about a New York girl with dreams of being an actress who spends a season at a summer stock theatre  in the Catskills,.

Order Manhasset Stories, Vol I & II:

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