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The Balsam Hill Book Club: A New York State of Mind

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The city of New York has been the subject of numerous novels, and for good reason. This venerable yet irreverent metropolis lends itself as both the setting and the storyline of political, cultural, and artistic revolutions. Its five boroughs are home to a multitude of men and women who come from various ethnic backgrounds, religious affiliations, and social groups; with each individual telling a unique story. The streets of New York have always fostered expressions of diversity from a blend of individualism; of hope born out of despair; of idealism spawned by life’s harshest truths. What exactly is that New York state of mind? Here are five breathtaking novels that depict the character of an urban jungle that has come to represent an ideoscape as well:

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