Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast

Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York

From the #1 NYT bestselling author of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast's new graphic memoir--a hilarious illustrated ode/guide/ thank-you note to Manhattan.A native Brooklynite-turned-suburban commuter deemed the quintessential New Yorker, Roz Chast has always been intensely alive to the glorious spectacle that is Manhattan--the daily clash of sidewa...

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Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York Reviews

  • Beth

    I was lucky enough to get an advance reader copy of this book. As someone who grew up an hour and a half from Manhattan a decade or so after Roz Chast, and who worked in Manhattan in the mid 80s, I read this with special fondness. But even if you've never been to Manhattan you will enjoy this book because of Chast's LOL-class humor and her delightful, detail-focused illustrations. The ARC is in black and white with a color insert (the final book will be four-color as are many graphic novels), an

    I was lucky enough to get an advance reader copy of this book. As someone who grew up an hour and a half from Manhattan a decade or so after Roz Chast, and who worked in Manhattan in the mid 80s, I read this with special fondness. But even if you've never been to Manhattan you will enjoy this book because of Chast's LOL-class humor and her delightful, detail-focused illustrations. The ARC is in black and white with a color insert (the final book will be four-color as are many graphic novels), and the colors are lively and appropriate to the drawings.

    Get this one and smile, laugh and enjoy every page.

  • Mary

    It's possible I may have shrieked loudly in astonishment and wonder when I opened the library's latest box of advanced reader copies and saw this on top. My coworkers came running in alarm. "What? What's the matter?"

    I held up the book in wordless joy. They rolled their eyes at my fangirling. I took the book home and delighted in each and every page. I can't wait to order it for our branch.

    I'm going to pass this copy along to another big Roz Chast fan. It will make her day, if not her week.

  • Jill Meyer

    Cartoonist Roz Chast - whose work has appeared often the The New Yorker and in previously published books - seemed to strike gold in her last book of cartoons, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant". That book, which was about the aging of her parents and how she coped with it, "spoke" to many, many people in my age group, who often had elderly parents we were responsible for. And, the book reminded US of OUR coming problems, as WE aged. "Good times...", as they say, bemoaning our current

    Cartoonist Roz Chast - whose work has appeared often the The New Yorker and in previously published books - seemed to strike gold in her last book of cartoons, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant". That book, which was about the aging of her parents and how she coped with it, "spoke" to many, many people in my age group, who often had elderly parents we were responsible for. And, the book reminded US of OUR coming problems, as WE aged. "Good times...", as they say, bemoaning our current lot and fearing for the future, all in one book.

    Roz Chast's newest book, "Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York", is a bit of a different. Please note that to Roz Chast, "New York City" actually means the island of Manhattan. Originally set forth as a guide to her college-age daughter who had grown up in the northern suburbs of New York, and was now moving to the city, the book is a joyful look at New York City, both its past and future, but, mostly its present. Roz had grown up in Brooklyn and ventured into Manhattan with her parents on rare, special occasions, so a lot of what she was writing to her daughter would have applied to her when she finally moved to Manhattan as a young adult. She and her husband moved to the suburbs to raise their two children. Chast's special drawings, combined with spot-on commentary about the city and its people, is a charming reminder to all of us poor people who may go to New York on vacation, but don't get to live in that special place, with the traffic jams, the street food, the noises and smells, all of which combine to make Manhattan, Manhattan.

    "Going Into Town" is a sweet book. It truly is a "love letter to New York".

  • Jill

    Roz Chast grew up in Brooklyn (before it became trendy) in the same neighborhood that I did; in fact, we even attended the same high school. So I laughed out loud when she describes the destiny she avoided: commuting every day to Manhattan wearing beige support hose and clinging to a subway pole.

    Fortunately, Roz Chast evaded that fate and did move to “the city.” But like many city dwellers. she eventually moved an hour north of the city. When her own daughter decides to attend college in Manhatt

    Roz Chast grew up in Brooklyn (before it became trendy) in the same neighborhood that I did; in fact, we even attended the same high school. So I laughed out loud when she describes the destiny she avoided: commuting every day to Manhattan wearing beige support hose and clinging to a subway pole.

    Fortunately, Roz Chast evaded that fate and did move to “the city.” But like many city dwellers. she eventually moved an hour north of the city. When her own daughter decides to attend college in Manhattan, she created this book—a graphic memoir that is, in essence, a love note to the Big Apple.

    Both personal and practical (there’s a great guide, for example, to the main museums and the main parks), this is a hilarious, dead-on look at Manhattan: where the city bird may well be the pigeon, the wildlife consists of mice, rats, and GIANT rats, and interesting storefronts and objects abound.

    Still, there’s no other city like it – “the best place in the world, an experiment, a melting pot, a fight to the death, an opera, a musical comedy, a tragedy, none of the above, all of the above.” It’s a “must have” book for any New Yorker, former New Yorker, or anyone who has heard of or dreamt of New York. And, while it lacks the introspection and poignancy of Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, it is what it is…a wonderfully illustrated look at a one-of-a-kind city as only Roz Chast could create.

  • Mary Lins

    I wish I had read Roz Chast’s “Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York” before my recent trip to New York City! While not a guide book in the strictest sense, there is actually a lot of information and good advice packed in here! Not to mention humor!

    I’m a long-time fan of Chast’s work (“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant”, brought me to tears – it was so close to my own experiences) and so it was a treat to dive into “Going Into Town” just a month after my NYC trip. It brought back

    I wish I had read Roz Chast’s “Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York” before my recent trip to New York City! While not a guide book in the strictest sense, there is actually a lot of information and good advice packed in here! Not to mention humor!

    I’m a long-time fan of Chast’s work (“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant”, brought me to tears – it was so close to my own experiences) and so it was a treat to dive into “Going Into Town” just a month after my NYC trip. It brought back pleasant (and a few unpleasant) memories of the trip and also help explain a few things that had confused me logistically.

    This would make a terrific gift for a friend planning a trip to NTC!

  • jendlo

    This illustrated book (

    ), that grew out of a city guide Chast had created for her then college-bound daughter, won't entertain Generation Z as much as it will the parents — it's one of those books that they'll enjoy more than (and thrust upon) their offspring.

  • Bethany

    a gift from my dad

  • Elyse

    If you love Roz Chast, or New York and have perhaps developed a soft spot for graphic art books ......secretly knowing “Can’t We Talk About Something More

    Pleasant” is when your love, appreciation, and admiration, for ‘graphic art’ books first grew.....then there is no reason you won’t enjoy this book too: “Going Into Town”....a love letter to New York.

    I wasn’t rolling on the floor - laughing and crying - hysterically like I did in CWTASMP.... ( yes.... I really ‘was’ laughing and crying uncont

    If you love Roz Chast, or New York and have perhaps developed a soft spot for graphic art books ......secretly knowing “Can’t We Talk About Something More

    Pleasant” is when your love, appreciation, and admiration, for ‘graphic art’ books first grew.....then there is no reason you won’t enjoy this book too: “Going Into Town”....a love letter to New York.

    I wasn’t rolling on the floor - laughing and crying - hysterically like I did in CWTASMP.... ( yes.... I really ‘was’ laughing and crying uncontrollably the second time I read the book when reading it out loud… or at least trying to read it to my husband Paul...who was adding his own jokes).....but I enjoyed it.

    This book is EXACTLY what it says it is....” Going Into Town”. It might seem tedious for some New Yorkers to read a page about the facts of streets and avenues— and the important facts about the east side and the west side... but I think even a native might get a kick from Roz’s creation. After all not everyone knows what the term CROSS STREET means in Manhattan.

    From walking around the city making “discoveries” such as a store that sells a

    “jabillion” kinds of ribbon, to noticing the wide variety of installation pipes, to the subway experience, the shuttle stations, how to hail a cab, things to do, finding a place to be alone, shopping, parks, wildlife ( mice, rats, apartment cats, dogs, and psycho pets), food....(if you can’t find something to eat in New York you must not like food), to apartment living, etc., Roz Chast who no longer lives in New York but grew up in Brooklyn was inspired to write this book when her daughter was leaving for college in Manhattan.

    All mom’s want to make sure their daughters and son’s know how to get around in the new city where they will be attending college —�( shhhh even if they have been there a zillion times) .....Roz wrote this book as letter to New York... focusing on Manhattan... where she feels most at home .... but as any mother will see.....

    it’s a love book to her daughter too!

    4.5 Stars. ‘not’ as powerful as “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant”....yet still warms your heart!

  • Chris

    Truly, a love letter to New York, with lots of Chast laughs along the way!

  • Aloke

    Less personal than "Can't we..." so if you're expecting something cathartic you'll be disappointed. It's really a Manhattan travel guide but just focusing on whatever Chast thinks is important. I'd get it from the library (or buy it as a gift for someone from out of town and read it before giving it away).

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