“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a love-hate relationship with New York,” said Sari Botton of her new anthology, Goodbye To All That. Joan Didion wrote “Goodbye to All That,” about leaving New York, . No wonder that Sari Botton, who edited the anthology, titled her own. The Paperback of the Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York by Sari Botton at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on.

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Her former shoe-box-sized apartment on East 13th Street afforded her a place to live and write. Although I did not share the experience of arriving in NYC to write I am not a writer and I don’t think being born counts as arriving in this sensethere were some lines that felt as though they were plucked from my memory.

I’ve added a few novels to my To Read list as a result. I docked a star off because it really should include the original Joan Didion essay that the title is based off. Established and emerging writers share their love affair with New York, initially drawn by its manic energy and frenzied pace.

What is it about this place that keeps the dreamers buying one way tickets in, and is it even possible to be a well-adjusted “lifer? I recommend this book to people who are like me, with an unabashed maybe unwarranted?

And send them to me i like to read. The remainder of the essays—including pieces by Hope Edelman, Maggie Estep, Ann Hood, Cheryl Strayed, Emma Straub, Dani Shapiro and collection editor Sari Botton—while often poetically rendered and emotionally affecting, blend into an undifferentiated stew of bittersweet longing and regret.


If you hate New York 1. There are great writers present here and I found the essays pretty strong, more often than not, which is the best I can expect of an themed anthology.

GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by Sari Botton | Kirkus Reviews

All the contributors are women for some odd reason, and this is the effect: I couldn’t help but feel I am part of the problem for a lot of these authors. A person proud to have had such wonderful foresight re: The problem is, I haven’t left yet.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Almost how similar points of view can produce such different goodbte. It just seemed that there was a lot to experience here, as if all you had to do was show up and the city would take care of the rest, making sure you got the education, tyat maturing, the wising-up you needed. Anyone currently living in NYC. Gabriel Marin Remembers Ned Vizzini. This anthology is about like that–no one on the high horse about what a schmuck you are to still live here, everyone a little sad they had to let go, a lot of them missing it badly, many of them having returned since.

Pick up this book if you want the real story behind life in the Big Apple. One writer was actually a NYC native, and she was different only in the way that she whined about NY and how it used to be cool, man.

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

Oh, and if you’re looking for advice on moving here, leaving here, etc. I edited this book. Dujie Tahat, Cynthia X.

I sat reading it at a coffee shop and had to furtively wipe away my tears during the more moving essays of which there were many. However, a lot of the essays seemed to follow the same basic structure after awhile and a few became rather predictable. I received an advanced reading copy from Net Galley.


Perhaps, but I also think it benefits from being the first conceived – it feels like it was probably in the works for longer and, as such, Botton had longer to assemble the essays and was a little more choosy with them in terms of quality. Would they still wax romantic about the Subway and rent controlled apartments?

Reading it felt a bit like an anthology version of the movie Groundhog Daystarting each e This is a rough book to read, if you’ve recently hit the 5 years in New York mark and are contemplating an exit, if only to the ‘burbs.

It took me a long time to finish this book. Jan 05, Janis rated it it was ok.

Books by Sari Botton. Aall love books that make you feel like you are part of the world and have things to share with it. You will be just as confused as when you started.


Or if some of the authors had not penned self reflective pieces but instead interviewed former New Yorkers from other walks of life – chefs, first responders, finance guys, working class immigrants.

Aug 09, Sara rated it it was amazing. In this captivating collection, 28 writers take up Didion’s literary legacy by sharing their own New York stories.