I Love(ish) New York City
Tales of City Life
by Ali Solomon
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Pub Date 25 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 24 Oct 2022
A humorous and relatable look into the joys and pitfalls of living in New York City.
There is no city quite like New York City, for better or worse. I Love(ish) New York is a hilarious relatable collection of essays, illustrations, and cartoons about the always interesting, sometimes frustrating, and endlessly entertaining quirks of living in the Big Apple.
Despite the notorious six-floor walk-ups and unrequited love found in all the wrong dive bars, the city's unique charm and irresistible allure keeps millions of residents—and starry-eyed millions more on their way—walking fast and talking faster. New Yorker magazine contributor Ali Solomon offers an absurdist's eye and a satirist's pen, crafting a love letter to the greatest (or great-ish?) city in the world. I Love(ish) New York is the perfect gift for anyone who lives, left, loved, or dreamed of living in New York City.
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Average rating from 25 members
First off, I must confess, I love New York. I mean, if I could afford to I would pack up and move there in half a second. So of course this book caught my eye. And I have zero regrets!
This book is a fun, sarcastic love (hate?) — no, definitely love letter to NYC. I loved the cartoons and variety of writing styles in this book. There’s hilarious explanations of dating in NYC, finding an apartment, restaurants, and much more. I think my favorite was the parody of the Thanksgiving parade. This book is everything I’d hoped it would be. I can’t wait to get a physical copy when it’s released.
Thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for the advanced copy to enjoy.
I Love(ish) New York City is a really fun book full of cartoons, quizzes, lists, and writing about the ups and downs of living in NYC. I loved the variety of funny topics specific to the city. A perfect gift for any NYC resident, whether they've been there 10 days or 10 years.
As someone who is also obsessed with New York City, I couldn't pass up an opportunity to read this book. This book is a love/hate letter to NYC told through lists, pictures, and short stand alone paragraphs covering all things NYC including the various living, dating, and social situations that you will inevitably find yourself in while living in the city, Although this book does discuss my biggest fear (the suburbs) the book was a quick and entertaining read and I would recommend it to anybody living here.
Thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for the advanced copy to enjoy
A cute, fun toe-dip into the trials and tribulations of living in New York City.
This charming little illustrated text is essentially just the same jokes you’ve heard a million times if you’re a long time New Yorker, but it would make a great gift for someone who is planning or has recently moved to the city.
Come for the pizza rat jokes, stay for the all-too-real accounts of getting lost trying to use the subway and learning the vibe of various neighborhoods and methods of transit.
For the most part the written content is actually funnier and more well crafted than the illustrations, though both have their moments. The shorter segments tend to be better (skip the overlong lists and the imagined dialogue exchanges) and enjoy this fun spin around the city for newbies.
I've been obsessed with New York City for my entire life, so I was excited to read this book. I enjoyed getting an insider's view into the realities of living in the city. It was unique and I liked the combination of cartoons and short essays. Thanks for letting me read it!
I love New York City, which is why I was really excited to read this book. What I really liked about the book was the format, and how easy it was to read. Also, I could relate to a few things since I travel to New York occasionally and I found some of it pretty funny.
What didn't work for me was, I think, probably more about me than the book. Maybe I'm outside the intended age range, and also not actually living in New York, but there was a lot I just didn't get. I also found a lot of it repetitive.
I think this book is probably best for people who either live in or have lived in New York City.
Thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
The cover of this book is super cute. It reads more like a journal with comics, lists, quizzes, and anecdotes.
As someone who has lived in NYC, I was excited to read this. Some of it was spot on, but I think it could be condensed a bit to be even better.
The comics were my favorite, and some of the quizzes were fun.
Thank you to netgalley for a preview copy to review.
Thank you for the EArc NetGalley.
For those of us who don't live in NY I think there were a couple of things that we just can’t get n this book BUT the majority of the book was a cute and clever homage to the Big Apple. Illustrations were easy to look at. Quick fun read.
This is such a clever and fun book with comics. Having lived in NYC for 18 years this is the perfect guide for anyone moving there or who lived in the city for awhile. My favorite stories and tips happen to be around bugs, the subway and also typical being mom in NYC comments. Love the checklist for Newbies. Highly recommend for lovers of the real NYC.
I absolutely loved this book. As someone who is from NYC, I knew I had to read this book. I loved the writing style. There were lists, illustrations and captions, short essays, and mini stories. It has a little bit of everything and it was pure perfection.
Fun read, however, feels targeted to a very specific audience.
A sincere thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for providing me an advanced readers copy (ARC) of “I Love(ish) NYC” in exchange for an honest review. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to read to this story and leave my review voluntarily.
Living in NYC, this was a must read. Glad I did, thoroughly enjoyed this book. Full of little tidbits, lists, essays and illustrations. Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book
This book was full of lists, essays, and illustrations - honestly a little bit of everything. We just came back from a two-week trip in NYC so I was excited to get approved for this one. The checklists were great. A quick fun read for NYC newbies or lovers.
This book has such a fun concept! I appreciate the attempt at humour, and it definitely describes lots of New York culture. I am not sure that it is quite as funny or insightful as the synopsis indicates. Some of the stories are a bit over the top and I wasn't enjoying the book as much as I had hoped. It might be funnier for those who know the author well.
this book is funny and the first thing that came to my mind was: this would be perfect as a gift!
i didn’t expect this book to be AS LONG as it was but like it said—it’s a collection of all sorts of things new york, so you’ve got your quizzes, anecdotes, quirky poems and funny illustrations.
i would buy this book to give to a friend as a going away gift or as a holiday gift!
it is strangely personalized yet relatable to anyone who might consider themself a new yorker!
Having grown up in Northern NJ, I could definitely relate to a lot of the illustrations and stories about being in the city! This book would make a great gift to a new college grad who is moving to NYC.
This was cute - quick read, more of a coffee table book. I could see this being a good gift for newcomers to the city.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I Love(ish) New York City
by Ali Solomon
Pub Date: October 25, 2022
Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for this ARC. I loved it!
This book is a fun, sarcastic love (hate?) — no, definitely love letter to NYC. I loved the cartoons and variety of writing styles in this book. There are hilarious explanations for dating in NYC, finding an apartment, restaurants, and much more. I think my favorite was the parody of the Thanksgiving parade. This book is everything I’d hoped it would be. I recommend.
This book is a clever and hilarious love letter to New York City (the real one, not the gentrified/transplant one) and I really enjoyed it. It’s an excellent commentary on how New York is portrayed in media, how it looks to visitors, and what it’s like to actually live here. We get insight into crappy apartments, weird roommates, dive bars that may suck but are still cultural staples, and why we would never wanna give these things up even if they may leave much to be desired.
Solomon’s writing is funny and sarcastic and it’s interspersed with her New Yorker-esque cartoons and the two go quite nicely together. The book consists of comics, essays, quizzes, and a lot of listicles, so this one is for the Buzzfeed girlies and anyone who’s ever eaten a baconeggandcheese, one word (turkey bacon is also acceptable). If you know someone thinking about moving to New York City, but who’s still on the fence, send them a copy of this book and if they think it’s 100% literal then they must be physically prevented from entering. I don’t make the rules I just carry them out.
Thanks to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for sending me a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. I Love(ish) New York City is currently available for preorder and will be available at libraries and major book retailers on October 25th, 2022.