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Central Park: An Anthology Paperback – April 24, 2012
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“A delectable collection! Central Park turns out to be more than trees and grass and paths; rather, a touchstone of Memory and Imagination.” ―Cynthia Ozick
“[A] sprightly new collection… Central Park is now a dazzling reincarnation of the Edenic landscape Olmsted and Vaux envisioned more than a century and a half ago. No matter how much the park has changed… it radiates for many of the writers here a sense of timelessness and constancy: It remains a kind of memory portal to the past, a Proustian time machine.” ―Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“I loved this book. Central Park is a very special place for all of us who have lived in NYC for any length of time, or who grew up here--anyone who considers NYC their spiritual if not physical home.” ―Roz Chast
“To read these reminiscences is to be struck by the role of the park not just as a compensatory blast of nature, quiet, calm and oxygen in a city with too little of all them, but also as a jointly savored event, a common currency, something possessed by everyone but owned by no one.” ―Frank Bruni, NYTimes.com
“Reading these wonderful short essays will ignite the hot season within your head, no matter what the weather's like outside.” ―The Daily Beast
“All of the contributions, from humorous to deeply moving, are worth reading, with descriptions and insights that will be treasured by anyone intrigued by Central Park, no matter their own familiarity. This volume gives readers a sense of why the park engenders such deep emotions and wonderment in those who enjoy it.” ―Library Journal
“As varied and inviting as its namesake. Take it to the nearest spot of green, spread a blanket, and enjoy.” ―Barnes & Noble Review
About the Author
Andrew Blauner is the founder of Blauner Books Literary Agency. He is the editor of two previous anthologies, Coach, with over fifty thousand copies sold, and Brothers, a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award. He is also the co-editor of Anatomy of Baseball. Blauner graduated from Collegiate School, Brown University and Columbia Business School, and he is a member of PEN and the National Book Critics Circle. He grew up, and has lived most of his life, within two blocks of Central Park.
Adrian Benepe has worked for more than thirty-two years protecting and enhancing New York City's natural and historic beauty. He has continued this effort as commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2002.
Top Customer Reviews
It's easy to fall in love with the animals. Ben Dolnick speaks of a favorite goat, Newman, that he used to tend. Susan Cheever's yak symbolized forbearance. And then there was the British "birder", Donald Knowler, who recorded dozens of bird species over a cold winter, mugged not only by humans but also squirrels. Some of the authors came from wealthy families and used the park for sports and mischievous refuge. The one contribution that really caught my eye was Paul Auster's "Fogg in the Park" which really captures the essence of danger, generosity and adventure all at the same time as he struggled to get by in the confines of the park as a "resident" for a while.
Strolling through Central Park is a lovely way to escape the bustle of the surrounding streets but these chapters mark reminders of what it is like to get to know the park. It's a wonderful collection and I highly recommend it.
Too many of the authors write "back then", or "in my childhood", or "years ago". It would be better and much more informative if we had more information to know when back then was. There is also a section in the back of the book with a description of each individual writer. It would allow for a better understanding of what had been written if the author's information was inserted with their story.
This is an interesting collection, especially for those of us that know Central Park, either as a visitor or a city resident and even those who have a fondness for the city itself and what this green space has meant to its citizens.
Central Park:An Anthology was a gift to my artist granddaughter, Sarah Long, who lives in New York City, just off Central Park.
She has carried the book with her during travels and opens conversations with strangers at City lunch counters and coffee shops, and they are amazed at the insights and understanding she has about The City and never-ending scenes she can sketch and paint.
Donn Doyle, The Villages, Florida.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most of the essays about Central Park were amusing and gave one the sense of
being there. Knowing the park well I wish for a few more with greater depth but it
is a good... Read more
It's reasonable to think that one might paint a rich picture of New York City using the park as its focus. Read morePublished on October 4, 2012 by Neurasthenic
The book sounds like a great idea - having a group of New York writers pen memory pieces and stories about an icon as dynamic as Central Park. Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Paul