Tag Archives: NYC

The Only Plane in the Sky

The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 © 2019 Garrett Graff 512 pages   If you ever only read one book about 9/11, make it The Only Plane in the Sky.   I have rarely been as … Continue reading

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A Nation Challenged

A Nation Challenged: A Visual History of 9/11 and Its Aftermath © 2002 The New York Times 240 pages The first few anniversaries of 9/11 had a weight as they approached — not only for what memories they evoked, but … Continue reading

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The Job

The Job: True Tales from a New York City Cop© 2015 Steve Osborn272 pages Steve Osborn grew up by his father’s side in a bar, standing on boxes to play pinball and idolizing the men his father hung out with. … Continue reading

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The Big Necessity

The Big Necessity: the Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters© 2008, 2014 Rose George238 pages In its initial publication, The Big Necessity may have been an eye-opening look into how many human beings still suffer for want … Continue reading

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The Works

The Works: Anatomy of a City© 2005  Kate Ascher240 pages Cities are, for my money, mankind’s most astonishing invention. Their complexity is stupefying — system within system, handling tons of material at any given time, whether the subject is cars … Continue reading

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Taxi!

Taxi! A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver©  2007 Graham Russell Gao Hodges225 pages No film set in New York City is complete without scenes of Manhattan traffic, dense with yellow cars — the patrolling ranks of the … Continue reading

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Picking Up

Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City© 2014 Robin Nagle304 pages When young Robin Nagle stumbled upon a communal dumpsite in the middle of an otherwise picturesque meadow, she was … Continue reading

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