New York Today
by Jonathan Wolfe
Good morning on this sizzling Wednesday.
It’s been a tough few days.
To buoy our spirits and bolster our minds after Sunday’s tragedy in Florida, we’ve been looking to our bookshelves.
New Yorkers are a people of diverse tastes, and — judging by the evidence of the daily commute — the same goes for our preferences in reading matter.
Weighty works of history and flighty romance novels can often be seen in the same subway car.
But when it comes to recent books about our city, we wanted to differentiate between genres.
So we asked Rachel Saltz, books editor at The Times, for some fiction suggestions, and tapped Sam Roberts, The Times’s urban affairs correspondent, for some nonfiction gems.
Here are Ms. Saltz’s suggestions:
• “Sweetbitter” by Stephanie Danler. Sure to please the foodie set, the novel follows Tess, who works at a restaurant modeled after Union Square Cafe.
• “10:04” by Ben Lerner. Like a “Seinfeld” episode in which little happens and yet everything happens, this is a work by one of the most celebrated young American novelists of the moment.
• “Small Mercies” by Eddie Joyce. A portrait of a Staten Island family who lost a son in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11.
And here are Mr. Roberts’s recommendations:
• “Food and the City” by Ina Yalof. The author explores our city’s cuisines, from individual food carts like the Halal Guys to the giant 40,000-square-foot kitchen on Rikers Island.
• “New York Exposed” by Daniel Czitrom. An account of the Lexow Committee police investigations. It “resonates today in echoes of police brutality and corruption, income inequality, restricted immigration, vote suppression,” and fear and distrust in New York City, Mr. Roberts wrote in his review.