Title: Heart of the City: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York
Author: Ariel Sabar
Genre: Non-Fiction; Stories
Publisher: Da Capo Press (Perseus Book Group)
Pub. Date: January 11, 2011
Happy Valentine's Day!! ♥ ♥ ♥
You must realize how excited I was when I saw this book. I'm surprised I didn't hear more about it before it came out. But as soon as I saw it I realized it would be the perfect book to review for Valentine's Day! And every story in this book takes place in my favorite place ever!.... NYC!!
Now, I've veered far from those romantic ideals I had as a young girl and the "love stories" you find in a lot of fiction. I feel like, despite being in a very happy marriage, that I'm far too cynical to enjoy them sometimes. BUT, there is something to be said about those love stories that are true. Maybe they're more believable because they really happened? Or maybe it had just been a while and I was in the mood for some good love stories. Whatever it was, I really enjoyed this book.
In the introduction to this book, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, author Ariel Sabar, discusses how place has such a hidden force in how people meet and in what transpires from there. He also discusses a little about what makes New York City one of the greatest in the world. Inspired by his own parents' story of meeting in NYC, Sabar broke his book down into the stories of nine couples ranging from the 1940's to the 2000's who met in various parts of NYC. Some lived there at the time and others met while passing through. Each of the nine stories also takes place in a different part of NYC: Central Park, on the street, on the subway (one of my favorites!), at Grand Central Station, at the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, in Times Square (another of my favorite stories), at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at Washington Square Park.
Each of the stories warmed even my cold, cynical heart. (Okay, I exaggerate about my coldness, but nevertheless, these stories did what they intended). Immediately after finishing each story I flipped to the back to read the postscript and find out what happened to the couple at the completion of their story of meeting. I loved how through their stories I was able to re-visit each of these famous locations. (Have I mentioned how much I love NYC!!) After reading these stories I immediately felt like writing one of my own. (I never did, but I might get around to it one of these days). Some of these couples didn't have the easiest beginnings either, but those ended up being a testament to true love and couples who were meant to be together. Basically, I loved reading each of these stories and I think you will too!
So how did you meet your significant other?
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