Long Wait at the Library for City on Fire? Here Are 25 Other Unforgettable New York Novels

Shelf RenewalIs it just too bad a pun to say that the literary world is ablaze with buzz about Garth Risk Hallberg’s stunning debut City on FireThis immense (944 pages) tale of 1970s New York is heating up the charts. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) The holds list might move a little slowly as readers embrace such a lengthy read, though—so prime your patrons with these other Big Apple books.

The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton

The Alienist, by Caleb Carr

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon

The Assistant, by Bernard Malamud

The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe

City on Fire by Garth Risk HallbergBreakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote

Bright Lights, Big City, by Jay McInerney

The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger

City of Glass, by Paul Auster

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer

Homer & Langley, by E. L. Doctorow

If Beale Street Could Talk, by James Baldwin

Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison

The Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner

The Fortress of Solitude, by Jonathan Lethem

Freedomland, by Richard Price

The Godfather, by Mario Puzo

Jazz, by Toni Morrison

Last Exit to Brooklyn, by Hubert Selby, Jr.

Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann

Netherland, by Joseph O’Neill

Open City, by Teju Cole

Snow in August, by Pete Hammil

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

Underworld, by Don DeLillo

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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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