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Here Is New York

by E.B. White


Format: eBraille (download)

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Available in BRF only. Note: This book is in EBAE (older) braille code, not in UEB.

"The city is like poetry: it compresses all life, all races and breeds, into a small island, and adds music and the accompaniment of internal engines."

In the summer of 1949, E.B. White sat in a New York City hotel room and, sweltering in the summer heat, wrote this remarkable pristine love letter to the city.

Perceptive, funny, and nostalgic, the author strolls around Manhattan with the reader arm-in-arm. He describes a city that frustrates and delights at the same time, that surrounds one with history and promise for the future, that bestows both the gift of privacy and the thrill of participation.

Eerily he notes how world events - in his case World War II - have rendered New York vulnerable, but also how it stands as "the perfect demonstration of nonviolence, of racial brotherhood, this lofty target scraping the skies and meeting the destroying planes halfway home, of all people and all nations capital of everything."

Here is New York is a monument to a city that is both changeless and constantly changing.

The New York Times has chosen this book as one of the ten best books ever written about the grand metropolis, and The New Yorker calls it "the wittiest essay and one of the most perceptive ever done on the city."

I had a truly enjoyable time this afternoon sitting in my lawn chair under a shady tree reading "Here Is New York." I indeed felt as though I walking with Mr. White up and down the streets of the city... Thank you for putting this wonderful little book in braille. It was an interesting, haunting, and enjoyable trip, one readers can take over and over again without packing a thing!

Sponsored by George & Ellie Shearing.