People have a tendency to either love or hate New York City… narrow that group of people down to writers and the emotions behind those opinions expand in tenfold. Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York is a collection of short stories that focus on exactly what the book’s title implies, while Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakeable Love for New York curates just the opposite types of stories. Sari Botton, who edits both books, collects a wide range of vignettes and does well in pairing them together. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, you turn the page and realize you have so much more to hear.
Whether you’re a writer, a New Yorker, or someone looking for a good collection of short stories, these two books are worth the read—and with contributors like Emma Straub, Ann Hood, Whoopi Goldberg, and Amy Sohn, you’re bound to find a story or two that sticks with you long after you’ve finished reading.