“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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I picked it up and swallowed it pretty quickly, wanting each essay to go on forever srai anxious to read the next. Perhaps I wasn’t buying heroin or wav I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of writers’ experiences living, loving, and leaving New York.

They also share the grief that comes when the metropolis loses its magic and the pressures of New York’s frenetic life wear thin on even the most fervent dwellers. I found that I’ve read some of their books already. Everyone write your essay!

Connected strongly to the writers currently living in NYC and their feelings about the city. I recommend this for anyone who: And wrote the intro, an essay, and more. 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 thhat go, a lot of them missing aari badly, many of them having returned since.


But before I slip into an emotional reverie about living in or out of New York City, I want to comment on the actual collection of essays. If you’re an aspiring writer you’ll really get a terrific notion of what you’re up against.


In both collections, there are a mix of those who left and never bbotton back, those who still visit, and those who have stayed the course because New York is the only place to goodbbye. It won’t be long until I read it, on the strength of this one I am grateful for the glimpse into each women’s lives and saw myself in almost all of them.

Maybe 2 essays in this book were worthwhile. Lists with This Book.

Goodbye to All That

Be careful about giving this book to current residents because they’ll suddenly have wonderfully vivid anecdotes to rationalize why they should move. And it made me once again nostalgic for a NYC I’ve never known. Refresh and try again. I would have rated it higher if only the best essays were included. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

Many descriptions left me at once homesick, and glad that I didn’t have to live there for long as an adult. As one essayist puts it: There’s a longing for that one moment where the stars align before the city changes again. Like no other story before it, Didion’s tale of loving and leaving New York captured the mesmerizing allure Manhattan has always had for writers, poets, and wandering spirits.

I wanted to be part of the NYC of the 60’s 70’s, and 80’s. Anyone currently living in NYC. I read this in one day.

This book of essays is filled with brutally honest, compelling personal stories about the great, gleaming, seductive city of New York and the struggle of following your creative vision.

Oct 27, John Treat rated it did not like it.

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Fascinating insight on the city in the 70s, 80s, and 90s–an ever-transforming place! The 48 year old Long Island native lived in the city for over a decade before relocating to a small rural “hipster” town in the Hudson Valley with her husband Brian.


It has been for decades, which is why writers should go to New York the way Muslims go to Mecca. Mar 27, Elizabeth rated it liked it. Including my younger self! It felt irresponsible, downright negligent, to be encouraging young writers to generate wonderful, enchanting narratives out of lives lived in American elsewheres while knowing all the while that I would give it up tomorrow to be even a minor character in New York—a Rick Moranis living down the hall from a Sigourney Weaver.

In this captivating collection, 28 writers take up Didion’s literary legacy by sharing their own New York stories. Chloe Caldwell Goodreads Author Contributor.

And I am proud! When you’re in New York for too long, you tend to forget that you can be successful somewhere else and looking back life in new york is hard.

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They viewed it in their twenties as a Mecca for the young and then got older; tsk! Poetry by Fox Frazier-Foley.

Look, it’s just a city.