I dreamed of living here when I was younger. The hotel housed quite a collection of characters, from hopeful stenographers and famous models to Joan Didion and Sylvia Plath. Who wouldn’t have wanted to live among them? This book is an interesting history of the period — and a fascinating look how these young women lived and worked in pre-feminist NYC.
This is an oldie, but goodie. It’s the story of a quiet English professor whose life is full of disappointments: a dead end career, a bad marriage, plus he’s estranged from his parents and child. On top of that, a new love ends under the threat of scandal. In other words, it’s real life. Nothing earthshaking happens, but this book will make you cry. It will also make you think. And care a lot about John Stoner