Get ready for a roundup of New York City literary greats. Some authors on this list are city-staples, while others are newer to the scene. No matter their status, these New Yorkers and their colorful works belong on book-lover shelves everywhere. Add to your collection now with some of our favorite picks.

M Train by Patti Smith
In her latest memoir M Train, the legendary Patti Smith starts off a trail of stories in a West Village café before sharing the ins and outs of her wondrous travels. She always returns to the city that never sleeps, documenting the way she and a host of characters navigate urban life. Available in book stores now.

Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
Whithead’s The Colossus of New York is practically required reading among NYC natives who agree with his first line – that they are in fact – “ruined for anywhere else.” In his more recent work available where books are sold, Sag Harbor is one not to miss, detailing the lives of upper crust African Americans who summer in an elite Long Island whaling village in the 1980s.

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
This Whiting Award winner’s second novel (now available) has been highly anticipated. Centered on the self-made Lilliet Berne, she rises above her humble American past as an orphan to become a celebrated soprano in the Paris Opera.

Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta
In her fourth novel currently available, the Guggenheim Fellow Spiotta examines two women – one who is a documentarian and the other who takes advantage of Hollywood’s high-powered men. It’s a witty, provocative read.

Zero K by Don DeLillo
In his 17th novel, DeLillo tackles the dangers of technology and acts of terror both natural and man-made. With familial reconciliation at the center of his storytelling, DeLillo has a beautiful way of folding emotional struggles in with futuristic warnings that aren’t too far off from the present. Release date is May 3.

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