With so many Brooklyn books out there, it’s hard to know where to begin. To help you out, the Daily Traveler has picked 10 essential reads, including:
1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn; Betty Smith (1943): The book title that launched a thousand clichés. It tells the story of a Williamsburg’s early immigrants.
2. Last Exit to Brooklyn; Hubert Selby, Jr. (1964): Brutal and pulpy. A compelling tale of the shipyards that provides a “bitter counterpoint” to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
3. Desperate Characters; Paula Fox (1970): A novel populated by Brooklyn’s “first gentrifier-intellectuals.”
4. Ghosts; Paul Auster (1986): The moody second book in Auster’s New York Trilogy uses Brooklyn Heights as a backdrop.
5. Fortress of Solitude; Jonathan Lethem (2003): the semi-autobiographical novel mixes science fiction with life growing in the white minority in Boerum Hill (then, North Gowanus).
Get the full list of 10 essential reads: 10 Essential Books About Brooklyn : Daily Traveler : Conde Nast Traveler.