This is the one that's getting sales in England. Here too, I hope. Mini-biographies of some of the most colorful people who lived or died in the city where anything goes. My personal favorites: Cardinal (Was He or Wasn't He?) Spellman and his double life; J.P. Morgan and his nose; Brooke Astor, with whom I could have danced up a storm; and Texas Guinan, who when her speakeasy was raided and she and all her patrons were arrested, threw a party for patrons, reporters, and police at the police station.
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Hustle No. 2: Holiday Special
|On Bryant Avenue ... !|
|Juniper berries, ripening and ripe.|
|Hogarth's "Gin Lane."|
|Hendrick ter Brugghen, The Merry Drinker.|
He's having fun, but not my style at all.
Coming soon: A grim one: War Is Fun.
If you love the city (or hate it), this may be the book for you. An award winner, it sold well at BookCon 2017 and 2018, and at the Brooklyn Book Festival 2018.
"If you want wonderful inside tales about New York, this is the book for you. Cliff Browder has a way with his writing that makes the city I lived in for 40 plus years come alive in a new and delightful way. A refreshing view on NYC that will not disappoint." Five-star Amazon customer review by Bill L.
"A real yarn of a story about a lovable pickpocket who gets into trouble and has a great adventure. A must read." Five-star Amazon customer review by nicole w brown.
"This was a fun book. The main character seemed like a cross between Huck Finn and a Charles Dickens character. I would recommend this." Four-star LibraryThing review by stephvin.
"A lively and entertaining tale. The writing styles, plot, pace and character development were excellent." Four-star LibraryThing early review by BridgitDavis.
"I am glad that I have read this book as it goes into great detail and the presentation is amazing. The Author obviously knows his stuff." Four-star LibraryThing early review by Moiser20.
What was the gay scene like in nineteenth-century New York? Gay romance, but women have read it and reviewed it. (The cover illustration doesn't hurt.)
"At times amusing, gritty, heartfelt and a little sexy -- this would make a great summer read." Four-star Amazon customer review by BobW.
"Really more of a fantasy of a 19th century gay life than any kind of historical representation of the same." Three-star Goodreads review by Rachel.