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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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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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Beautiful and Damned
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Summer Reading List:
In the Lap of Luxury

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Popular media often portray the rich thriving in a world of glitz and glamour: the elegant dresses and jewelry, the expensive liquor, and the grand parties unravel a tale of opulence envied by many. What people fail to realize is that underneath this glimmering facade are the everyday dilemmas attached to their social status. Like everyone else, they are bound to a landscape of uncertainty: a play on power and vulnerability so enticing to witness from a reader’s point of view. This summer, delve into the loves and losses of the elite with these five groundbreaking novels:
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