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

Their essays often begin as love stories do, with the passion of something newly discovered-the crush of subway crowds, the streets filled with manic energy, and the certainty that this is the only place on Earth where one can become exactly who she is meant to be. 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. As friends move away, rents soar, and love-still- remains just out of reach, each writer’s goodbye to New York is singular and universal, like New York itself.

Paperbackpages. Published October 8th by Seal Press first published September 24th To see gpodbye your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Gooddbye to All Thatplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 02, David Wingrave rated it did not like it. I wanted to come to New York because it seemed cool, and where I’m from people wouldn’t know cool if it froze their nuts! Then I did a bunch of stuff and got fed up and moved upstate because you get tired y’know?

If only my younger self could see me! No, jk, they’d be proud, because this was the plan all along. And I am proud! And everyone I know is proud of me too! Including my younger self! Also, I still keep my metrocard in my wallet to remind me yhat I am: T person proud to have h Every essay: A person proud to have had such wonderful foresight re: Sark all 11 comments.

I edited this book. And conceived of it in general. And wrote the intro, an essay, and more. So, I’m not exactly impartial.

View all 12 comments. My first-hand experience with New York Sri took place in August as a small boy on holiday to visit relatives there. But never with a desire to live there. Notwithstanding that, I have had at times an overweening curiosity as to why other people outsiders to the Big Apple, like me have fallen so deeply, passionately IN LOVE wit My first-hand experience with New York City took place in August as a small boy on holiday to visit relatives there.


What is also equally revelatory are the essays, whose writers are Native New Yorkers e. It is one thing to take on New York as an outsider and then to hear from someone who has known it from birth through all its various changes and incarnations. From a city that tottered on the brink of bankruptcy and apparent irrevocable decline in the s to retrenchment and steady renewal during the bottob, to dizzying growth in corporate and personal wealth a lot of it triggered by the dot com boom in the s, to the exponential boom in gentrification in its neighborhoods sinceNew York seems to have now become more of a rarified, gated community for the wealthy and powerful with little space for struggling artists, actors, and writers to live comfortably and thrive there.

Dec 26, Hannah Garden rated it really liked it. There are exceptions, but for the most botton. 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. The essays range from good to great and this is definitely worth reading if you’re thinking about moving here, have moved here, or used to live here.

Oh and also and this is peripheral thah is always for me kind of an extra gold standard gold starit is totally the kind of book that makes you want to write your own story about New York. I love books that make you feel like you are part of the world and have things to share with it.

Everyone write your essay! And send them to me i like to read. Oct 27, Goodbje Treat rated it did not like it. I couldn’t finish it, because it was like being trapped in a summer internship at Seventeen Magazine.

All the contributors are women for some odd reason, and this is the effect: Look, it’s just a city. No more, no less. Everyone in this book needs to get over themselves, and go live in Dubuq Terrible book.

Everyone in this book needs to get over themselves, and go live in Dubuque.

View all 4 comments. Nov 24, Mariel rated it really liked it Shelves: 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’s a nostalgia ride, nostalgia for a place this is still in the present time, feeling the eventual loss before it’s even happened. 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.

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. Might as well hashtag the whole thing with FirstWorldProblems.

It’s not to say that the other writers’ experiences weren’t authentic, or that an essayist has to deal with goodbyf heavy issues to produce good writing, but this is just a really powerful piece. It leads me to wonder whether this volume would be that much better had Botton asked individuals other than bootton writers to include their experiences.


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.

Would they still wax romantic about the Subway and rent controlled apartments?

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? Nov 25, Kerry fo it it was amazing. I was quite proud of myself smug, really because I had the great idea to give this to a friend who was leaving NYC for Silicon Valley. So far so good. Then I bought a copy for myself because I love half the writers in this collection Roxane Gay!

So I read the bitton in a day, and loved it, but now I understand a little too well why most of the writers left. I recommend this for anyone who: Be careful about giving this book to current residents because they’ll suddenly have wonderfully vivid anecdotes to rationalize why they should move.

Oct 09, Abbey rated it really liked it. I picked it up in an independent book store in Brooklyn, the day before I too was leaving New York to head back home.

Goodbey was only a weekend, but I felt the pain and pangs! If you hate New York 1. But if you dream of it, with complexity, or if you live there, also with complexity, you will find great meaning in it. And of course, Oh this book! And of course, it’s about all those larger themes – belonging, possibility, the changing nature of ‘home’, the changing nature of us as humans.

I docked a star off because it really should include the original Joan Didion essay that the title is based off.

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You’ve got to read it, if you read this book. Aug 09, Sara rated it it was amazing. What a great collection! The essays are inspired by a Joan Didion essay of the same name.

The stories are varied, well written and thoughtful. The anecdotes are raw and will touch you emotionally. These are warts and all tales of New York. Song to listen to while reading: Please leave your song of choice in the comments section.

I received an advanced reading copy from Net Galley. Jan 01, Ayana rated it really liked it. I loved these memoirs. There’s a life out there other than what’s here.

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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