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I Feel Relatively Neutral About New York Paperback – June 1, 2011

3.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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"Sophomoric"- New York Times

"Calmly punctures the inflated sense of importance in which many New York icons and landmarks are held."-Wall Street Journal

"Love New York or hate it, you'll probably still enjoy Avery Monsen and Jory John's 'I Feel Relatively Neutral About New York'" - San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Avery Monsen and Jory John are the authors of All My Friends Are Dead. One of them lives in New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811874567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811874564
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm confused. Is this a discussion board about pizza? I'm trying to review a book that has 94/96 non-pizza-related pages. Am I in the right place?

This book is smart, light-hearted, and fun to read. The authors poke fun at some of New York's most well-known "attractions", but it's the charts/graphs/photos that go with each chapter that really tickle me pink. Though this book remains remarkably neutral throughout, New Yorkers already seem to be getting riled up about it. Those guys must really hate ambivalence. Either that, or they are totally uninterested in banishing stereotypes that New Yorkers get easily riled up.

Honestly, this book is cute and far from offensive. It's a great gift that even New Yorkers would enjoy. (Ideally, New Yorkers that moved to New York within the last 6-9 months from California.)
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I feel relatively neutral about book reviews, however I am making an exception for this. I have lived in New York for about a year now. Yesterday I saw this at the checkout stand at B&N, and just seeing the cover made me laugh out loud. I already felt 53% more sane than I did prior to seeing the cover (exact statistic...if I could do footnotes in this review I would put one here and write "not an exact statistic"). I bought it and love it. Thanks guys for telling it like it is. Everybody is so damn hopped up about the magical amazingness of new york. They're not fooling us.
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When I lived in NYC and dealt with my share of roaches, mice, noise, lack of A/C, no elevator, erratic heating, gasoline fumes from downstairs, getting my car towed, sleeping in the car during street cleaning to hold my spot, paying a lot for everything - I have to say that I agreed with the title. It gets some things right, but misses the rest. Their focus on the sex and the city tour feels like it is written from the point of view of tourists visiting NYC, rather than ones who know it well. This book doesn't list the many common "horrors" (rent discounts) of apartment living. Where are the colourful stories of the homeless? The creative directions that people have given to tourists? A hipster or homeless identification guide? I'm not sure who the target audience is.

Being out of NYC and in visiting some other places, I have to say even with the pitfalls of NYC you can't fault its multiculturalism.
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This is a short little book that *wants* to be very very funny, but in reality, strains for laughs on nearly every page.

The pages on "Katz's Delicatessen," "Sex and the City," the U.N. and "Street Food" are the funniest, mostly because they are true, so there's none of the effort a reader feels on the other pages.

I surely wouldn't pay full price for this book (my copy was a gift). A few smiles, but no real laughs here.

On a side note, it's depressing to note that the book was "manufactured in China."
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It's certainly there. I've added it to our book collection, so you can't say we don't have it. And I read it. I thought 'oh, here's a book to read' and it was. It filled up some time that was going to go to waste, so I'm grateful for that.
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Great title. Fun book. I lived in NYC for more than 6 years and often thought the same neutrality about such a terrifc city. It's different when you live there day in and out. These guys are spot on. Finally another side of the story.
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This book is funny and witty. The authors make great references and go on tangents about stuff that has nothing to do with nyc but is humorous. There is strong language at times and inappropriate content for younger readers. It's refreshing to read about someone not loving nyc which in fact made me like nyc more (its like when you find out the popular person in school has flaws too and then they seem like a normal person).
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I think it is a funny book and most of the things are true that are mentioned in there. A review before me mentioned that pizza is the best in NY and it is not even the same neither in Italy.. I grew up in Europe and of course pizza is different there and here in NY, but c`mon you can`t take this book seriously. Handle it as it is and you will just have fun;-)
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