Tales of Two Cities

Tales of Two Cities

The Best and Worst of Times in Today's New York

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Penguin Putnam
Thirty major contemporary writers examine life in a deeply divided New York
 
In a city where the top one percent earns more than a half-million dollars per year while twenty-five thousand children are homeless, public discourse about our entrenched and worsening wealth gap has never been more sorely needed. This remarkable anthology is the literary world’s response, with leading lights including Zadie Smith, Junot Díaz, and Lydia Davis bearing witness to the experience of ordinary New Yorkers in extraordinarily unequal circumstances. Through fiction and reportage, these writers convey the indignities and heartbreak, the callousness and solidarities, of living side by side with people of starkly different means. They shed light on the subterranean lives of homeless people who must find a bed in the city’s tunnels; the stresses that gentrification can bring to neighbors in a Brooklyn apartment block; the shenanigans of seriously alienated night-shift paralegals; the trials of a housing defendant standing up for tenants’ rights; and the humanity that survives in the midst of a deeply divided city. Tales of Two Cities is a brilliant, moving, and ultimately galvanizing clarion call for a city—and a nation—in crisis.

Random House, Inc.
Thirty major contemporary writers examine life in a deeply divided New York

In a city where the top one percent earns more than a half-million dollars per year while twenty-five thousand children are homeless, public discourse about our entrenched and worsening wealth gap has never been more sorely needed. This remarkable anthology is the literary world’s response, with leading lights including Zadie Smith, Junot Díaz, and Lydia Davis bearing witness to the experience of ordinary New Yorkers in extraordinarily unequal circumstances. Through fiction and reportage, these writers convey the indignities and heartbreak, the callousness and solidarities, of living side by side with people of starkly different means. They shed light on the subterranean lives of homeless people who must find a bed in the city’s tunnels; the stresses that gentrification can bring to neighbors in a Brooklyn apartment block; the shenanigans of seriously alienated night-shift paralegals; the trials of a housing defendant standing up for tenants’ rights; and the humanity that survives in the midst of a deeply divided city. Tales of Two Cities is a brilliant, moving, and ultimately galvanizing clarion call for a city—and a nation—in crisis.

Baker & Taylor
An examination of New York City's increasing wealth gap and its surrounding debates presents fictional and reportage-style writings by such forefront literary figures as Zadie Smith, Junot Díaz and Lydia Davis. Original.

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Writers and journalists who live or have lived in New York City present 31 pieces of fiction and journalism on the income disparity in the city that creates a wide gap between the rich and the poor. They provide memoirs, short stories, a collage, reported pieces, an essay, an urban travelogue, an oral history, a poem, a Twitter series, and other writing on themes like housing, poverty, class, race, and community. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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& Taylor

An examination of New York City's increasing wealth gap and its surrounding debates presents fictional and reportage-style writings by such forefront literary figures as Zadie Smith, Junot Dâiaz, and Lydia Davis.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780143128304
0143128302
Branch Call Number: 305.5097 TALES
Characteristics: xvi, 272 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Freeman, John 1974-- Editor

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