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Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 8. Oktober 2013

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"Charming . . . New York's pull is evident throughout."
The New York Times

"The hip, witty, and sometimes heartbreaking essays in Goodbye to All That get to the bottom of most Big Apple miseries: big dreams cost big bucks to maintain. As many of these writers figured out, sometimes losing New York City is the only way to regain your credit rating, rent-stabilized living spaces, and sanity. From candid to kooky to classic, this collection sheds the love, light, and lyricism the gritty city deserves."
Susan Shapiro, author of Speed Shrinking and Five Men Who Broke My Heart

"New York City is like a lover who left you for the slightly younger, prettier girl: you can smell him, taste him, yearn to have him back in your life. All the stories in this collection recall that lover and his many faults, and then make you forget them, all over again."
Martha Frankel, author of Hats & Eyeglasses and executive director of the Woodstock Writers Festival

"Of course it would take more than one woman to capture the mythic, ever-shifting, exhilarating, and disappointing beast that is New York. The chorus of voices that is Goodbye to All That sings the city—both of the pavement and of the mind—to life, over and over."
Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

“Twenty-eight of today’s most extraordinary, diverse, uniformly interesting women writers revisit the eternal story of devotion and departure . . . An exquisite read.”
Maria Popova, founder of Brain Pickings

"The book's premise alone hooked most everyone I know who has even a passing fascination with living in the Big Apple—or fleeing it for other parts."

"[Gets] at the sense of hope (or ambition) with which New York seduces us, as well as how living in the city can turn, leaving us with wistfulness and regret."
Los Angeles Times

"Seriously impressive."

"Speaks to every New Yorker, but more than that, it speaks to anyone who has loved and fallen out of love with a city."
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Sari Botton is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in the "New York Times, New York Magazine, The Sun, The Village Voice, Harper's Bazaar, More, Marie Claire, WWD, W, The Rumpus, Memoirville, This Recording, " xoJane.com, assorted anthologies, and other publications. She studied English and journalism at SUNY Albany, where years later she was an adjunct professor of undergraduate journalism. She also taught first-person essay writing at SUNY Ulster.
Sari is the editorial director of the TMI Project, a non-profit organization that holds true storytelling workshops in jails, shelters, veterans' hospitals, schools, and other places where people don't usually get to tell their stories or be heard.

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Dieses Buch beinhaltet schöne, interessante und teilweise traurige Geschichten über das Leben in New York City.

Man muss erwähnen, dass die Geschichten tatsächlich einige Parallelen aufweisen (bspw. sind die Frauen nach NYC gegangen um berühmte Autorinnen zu werden). Aber das hat mich nicht gestört, da jede Geschichte trotzdem individuell war.

Das nur Frauen diese Essays geschrieben haben, stört mich nicht und ich finde auch nicht, dass dies ein Grund ist, dieses Buch nicht zu kaufen oder zu lesen.

Jeder der NYC liebt, wird dieses Buch auch lieben!
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It’s a very interesting kaleidoscope of life stories linked to the CITY. I really loved reading it and I highly recommend it.
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I haven't read the book and I'm not going to either: I thought this would be a book on NY, not "a women's perspective on NY". Nowhere is it to read, that the choice of writers is limited to women writers: only the "Library of Congress" record does explicitly - and rightly - say "Women authors" and "Women - New York".
Now I cannot see the reason why this fact should be hidden.
I'm interested in writing - good writing - I don't care whether by men or women.
This is at least misleading - to say the least.
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HASH(0x9bad6a44) von 5 Sternen Just read the Didion essay instead 28. November 2013
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This is a surprisingly dull collection. As mentioned elsewhere, there is a sameness to the essays, a disappointing homogeneity in the selection of writers (all of them women of about the same age, who tried to be writers, and sort of made it and sort of didn't, who moved, many of them, upstate). Rarely does a writer here manage to capture the genuine essence, the harshest truth, of what it means -- what it FEELS like -- to struggle and compete in New York against a constant, oncoming tide, and then fail at it. It can be a bulldozing experience, mixed with the most heightened elation when it's working. Nothing feels like succeeding in New York, nothing feels as crushing as the illusion when it drops away. But no one captured that truth in this book. (EDIT: Except, I should mention, Rebecca Wolff -- whose anger at the betrayal of the city's promises, and its shoddy evolution, feels palpable. And she was born there!) It takes a certain hubris to use "Goodbye To All That" as a title and then not even include Joan Didion's brilliant essay, which makes the others here read like something out of Elle or Marie Claire. Far too soft, too much about the financial cost of New York (there are so many other reasons why a life there can be defeated, and all of them more interesting than money). Kind of bummed that this wasn't better.
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HASH(0x9bef45f4) von 5 Sternen Lacks edge and diversity 27. November 2013
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It's nice, for a change, to see an anthology in which women authors make up more than 7 percent of the contributors. That said, and unless I'm mistaken, ALL these contributors are women. Which is fine, but it would have been good to bring in a few men's perspectives on loving and leaving New York. And -- again, unless I'm mistaken -- most of these contributors seem to be about the same age and from approximately the same demographic. Not against any literary laws, but it's an editorial choice that creates a certain monotony across the essays.

On the one hand, I want to congratulate Sari Botton, the volume editor, for getting this project organized and wrangled into print. That's a real accomplishment. On the other hand, the book reads like the product of one of those ads that turn up in the "Poets & Writers" classifieds, where the prospective editors of a prospective anthology solicit contributions on a particular topic. For all I know, that's exactly how this book came about.

The book is a conscious (and sometimes cloyingly self-conscious) homage to Joan Didion's essay "Goodbye to All That." Didion's essay stands alone as an exemplar of the loving-and-leaving-NYC genre and is in no need of this or any other kind of homage, so it's hard to understand why the world needed this book.

Nevertheless, it does offer some mildly enjoyable reading along with a lot of "meh."
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HASH(0x9baf7e28) von 5 Sternen Loved this 12. Oktober 2013
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As a former New Yorker who left for the sunnier skies of LA eight years ago, I thoroughly related to and loved this book. I savored each essay, reading only a few each night, so that I could enjoy the book longer. What's funny is that when I left, I thought I was the only one who'd experienced the weird combination of exhilaration and freedom with nostalgia and doubt. Little did I know how many others not only felt the same, but could articulate it a heck of a lot better.
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HASH(0x9bafbf6c) von 5 Sternen It's Hard to Love and Leave New york 4. Oktober 2013
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I found the stories in Good Bye to All of That touching and well written.The whole book is crisply edited and a joy to read.The personal nature of these short stories is very compelling making it hard to put the book down.Thank you
, Sari Botton and your team of writers for such a good read.
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HASH(0x9baf7e1c) von 5 Sternen REPETITIVE 4. Dezember 2013
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This book was fascinating to me because I have never ceased to marvel at the palpable energy of New York City. It has never failed to take my breath away - literally. But after spending a week there on one occasion I couldn't help but wonder how `real' people actually lived there. Well, as it turns out some do and some don't. Some leave and come back, some leave never to return.

There are so many similarities in these essays: loners, drugs, seedy neighborhoods, and a place to be different. As Sari Botton says "I loved the feeling of being alone but among people." (Pg.154). This appears as a recurring motivation in many of the narratives. After 8 or 10 essays it became repetitious and a little boring. I gave up after #19.

I find that the stories are not so much about New York City as they are about the people, in this case, women writers all. These are snippets of different female perceptions of a particular place.
Their personalities and sensibilities are what make it possible or impossible for them to cope (or not cope) with New York City. This is not so much a comment on New York City as it is about the person. New York City is New York City. It is the person and their personal experiences that make the difference.

A little diversity may have made the theme more interesting.
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