Book Review: Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York by Sari Botton

The twenty-eight essays included in this book are inspired by the famous Joan Didion essay of the same name. Established and emerging writers share their love affair with New York, initially drawn by its manic energy and frenzied pace. As years pass, they also share the grief that blindsided them, when the city loses its magic and the pressures of New York’s frenetic life wear thin on even the most resilient. After achieving success in their writing careers, the cons of living in New York outweigh the pros. As they mature, they realize that a writer doesn’t need to live in NY to achieve success or prove themselves to anyone else.

The stories are varied, well written and thoughtful. The anecdotes are raw and will touch you emotionally. This book of essays is filled with brutally honest, compelling personal stories about the great, gleaming, seductive city of New York and the struggle of following your creative vision.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I rated this book four stars for three reasons:

– Joan Didion’s original essay wasn’t included.

– Most of the essays were tightly written, but some of the essays
were distracting to read because they rambled on.

– All of the essays were written by female writers. It’s curious that this isn’t
mentioned in a blurb.


Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

I received an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.