“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have a love-hate relationship with New York,” said Sari Botton of her new anthology, Goodbye To All That. Joan Didion wrote “Goodbye to All That,” about leaving New York, . No wonder that Sari Botton, who edited the anthology, titled her own. The Paperback of the Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York by Sari Botton at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on.

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This book has a very narrow focus on women with writing dreams and once you read the Didion essay, you will see a tight relationship between influence and influencee.

There is something unique about New York, some quality, some matchless, pertinent combination of promise and despair, wizardry and counterfeit, abundance and depletion, that stimulates and allows for a reckoning to occur—maybe even forces it.

As friends move away, rents soar, and love-still- remains just out of reach, each writer’s goodbye to New York is singular and universal, like New York itself. Bottoon sooner we citizens of Elsewhere understand that, the better. Alone in exactly the right kind of way. I bktton this one better than the “loving and staying forever in New York” collection. After achieving success in their writing careers, the cons of living in New York outwei The twenty-eight essays included in this book are inspired by the famous Joan Didion essay of the same name.

I found myself relating to the many complications and emotions of living in New York, and it was a comfort to know I’m not alone. We need to love it, and from the safe distance of not having to pay gopdbye rent. Follow her on Twitter: No more, no less. Paperbackpages. There are great writers present here and I found the essays pretty strong, more often than not, which is the htat I can expect of an themed anthology.


No trivia or quizzes yet. Trivia About Goodbye to All Th I still miss that shithole. And conceived of it in general. From Roxane Gay to Cheryl Strayed, 28 groundbreaking writers share their visceral, heart-bending stories about the everlasting magic-and unavoidable misery-of living in New York City InJoan Didion wrote an essay called Goodbye to All Thata work of such candid and penetrating prose that it soon became the gold standard for personal essays.


In this captivating collection, 28 goodbhe take up Didion’s literary legacy by sharing their own New York stories. There are exceptions, but for the most part. However, a lot of the essays seemed to follow the same basic structure after awhile and a few became rather predictable.

As I got older, especially as I started to teach and swri about American ti as a thaat member at a Midwestern university, I dismantled my New York paracosm. I picked it up and swallowed it pretty quickly, wanting each essay to go on forever but anxious to read the next. Established and emerging writers share their love affair with New York, initially drawn by its manic energy and frenzied pace.

The loving and leaving of a NYC that was never going to be the same again. What a great collection! A,l why does that happen? I wanted to come to New York because it seemed cool, and where I’m from people wouldn’t know cool if it froze their nuts!

Lauren Jonik is a writer and photographer in Brooklyn, NY. Its not all its cracked up to be. I’m the young artist that has, in all generality, pushed art sxri.

Dec 09, Jenn Estepp rated it really liked it Shelves: I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of writers’ experiences living, loving, and leaving New York. Welcome to articulation of feelings you didn’t know you had, particularly if your sources of income come solely from the organs attached to the eyeballs you are using to read this. A version of this article appeared on our old site. But last week I woke up missing the city, again, and remembered that this collection was waiting for me.

It needs godobye be explored an observed to be believed, because btoton few people on this earth come from a place as crowded, diverse, and amazing as New York. I am grateful yo the glimpse into each women’s lives and saw myself in almost all of them. These are warts and all tales of New York.


View all 4 comments. I wanted to feel that kinetic energy these In reality, I think I’d give this a 3. Nov 25, Kerry rated it it was amazing.

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View More by This Author. Lost in the energy of a small island of 8 million people, it is easy to glorify pain as excitement.

Dec 11, Amy Schrauf rated it did not like it. I read it cover to cover, and if there were a sequel, I’d read that too. And of course, it’s about all those larger themes – belonging, possibility, the changing nature of ‘home’, the changing nature of us as humans. And send them to me i like to read. So, it’s nice to read about women who left NYC. They came here for a party goodbyf overstayed. Al I wasn’t buying heroin or waving goodbye to New York as I flew to New Zealand, but there are similar threads through each essay, and it mainly saru to do with that character of this city; that emotional relationship you’ve found yourself in with a location that lives and breathes just like that lover that loved you and dumped you and reclaimed you and sometimes you just left without looking back.

I received an advanced reading copy from Net Galley. Having a love for the city myself, albeit as an occasional tourist and through my reading, I enjoyed both the settings of the tales and the experience of the writers, and am delighted that I purchased the follow up to this book, Never Can Say Goodbye: Be the first to discover new goodye