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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
New Yorkers: A Feisty People Who Will Unsettle, Madden, Amuse and Astonish You is a work of non-fiction written in the style of a memoir, and was penned by author Clifford Browder. Part travel guidebook and part nostalgic memoir, this excellent read is for anyone who has ever wished to discover more about the world-famous New York City, and for those who have been there and probably missed or even misunderstood a fair bit about the many gruff and aloof characters they will have met there. There are also fantastic anecdotal stories from the author’s own life that show the diversity, character, and flavor of the city too.
Author Clifford Browder has crafted a loving and modern master work on the Big Apple, one which is both an entertaining read in itself and an essential piece of informative travel guide work. Having been to New York several times, I found myself recognizing many places and references, but the details of the history and culture surrounding them was a new level of depth and discovery. The history of the Bowery was a particularly interesting part for me as it’s something nobody has ever covered when I’ve toured the city with professional history guides, and Browder’s candid and authentic narration takes you from place to place with safe hands and entertaining prose. The author uses his own life examples very cleverly and they do not detract but rather enhance the overall experience, and therefore I’d highly recommend New Yorkers to any reader seeking an accomplished written snapshot of such a complex and wonderful city.