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Big Apple Reads: 'Brooklyn' and 'New York'

Indian Prairie Library staff review two historical fiction novels set in New York.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
Reviewed by Indian Prairie Library Staff

An immigrant tale set in the early 1950s, Brooklyn follows Eilis Lacey as she journeys from Ireland to New York City to escape economic hardship and begin a new life. This heartwarming coming of age story filled with grit and determination may move too slowly for some, but features interesting characters and lovely writing.

Brooklyn was the Chicago Public Library’s selection for “One Book One Chicago” in spring 2010. Read more about the book and visit the author’s Website.

New York by Edward Rutherford
Reviewed by Indian Prairie Library Staff

This book traces New York history from the 16th century to 9/11 by following three or four fictitious families. Their ambitions, loves and disappointments involve the reader, making it hard to put down.

Visit the author’s Website and view the YouTube trailer for the book.

Read more reviews from library staff here.

Jessica Rosenberg March 07, 2011 at 05:00 PM
'Brooklyn' was one of the best books I read last year - I really loved it.

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