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New York Diaries
By Teresa Carpenter
2012
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating:  5 stars
 
Teresa Carpenter sums up this book about New York City accurately in the Preface.
 
“What you will find here is an unorthodox history covering roughly four centuries of the New York experience from September 11, 1609--- the first incursion of Europeans into the Upper Bay--- through the destruction of the World Trade Center, a short distance upriver, on September 11, 2001, through the healing thereafter.”
 
The author definitely did her research well! 
 
Set up as a chronological diary by day, each day’s entry spans the centuries, taken from entries from various diaries.  After the entries is an About the Diarists section that tells readers about each person from the famous to those unknown to most readers.  The entries give snapshots of the times within which each lived.
 
Whether reading a little each day by the calendar date, referring to the diarists section for background on who made the entry, or reading the book cover to cover in a few sittings, readers will find themselves transported into New York history, experiencing it in a way never done before.