Through the Children's Gate

Through the Children's Gate

A Home in New York

Book - 2006
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Following Adam Gopnik's best-selling Paris to the Moon, the adventure continues against the panorama of another storied city. Autumn, 2000: the Gopnik family moves back to a New York that seems, at first, safer and shinier than ever. Here are the triumphs and travails of father, mother, son and daughter; and of the teachers, coaches, therapists, adversaries and friends who round out the extended urban family. From Bluie, a goldfish fated to meet a Hitchcockian end, to Charlie Ravioli, an imaginary playmate who, being a New Yorker, is too busy to play, Gopnik's New York is charmed by the civilization of childhood. It is a fabric of living, which, though rent by the events of 9/11, will reweave itself, reviving a world where Jewish jokes mingle with debates about the problem of consciousness, the price of real estate and the meaning of modern art. By turns elegant and exultant, written with a signature mix of mind and heart, Through the Children's Gate is at once a celebration of a newly fragile city and a poignant study of a family trying to find its way, and joy, within it.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : A. A. Knopf, 2006
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780676978261
0676978266
Branch Call Number: 974.71044 Gop 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 318 p

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ChristchurchLib Dec 12, 2012

"After living in Paris for five years, author Adam Gopnik and his family moved to Manhattan in the fall of 2000. In a series of essays that examine everything from the cleaned-up Times Square to school plays, Gopnik describes what life is like for him, his wife, and their two small children in a changing New York that's increasingly being populated by families. He also touches on larger issues, like the impact of 9/11 on city dwellers. This "detailed, rhapsodic, and altogether satisfying chronicle" (Los Angeles Times) is sure to have readers pondering what their own version of New York looks like. For a more classic view of the city, try E.B. White's Here is New York, written over 60 years ago." Armchair Travel December 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=578249

ser_library Dec 10, 2011

well written

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