Today I am reviewing Jacquelin Cangro’s The Subway Chronicles: Scenes from Life in New York. Before I begin, I want to announce that the Kindle version is available for free today, August 3rd, on Amazon. More details below.
Here’s the synopsis on Goodreads:
Jacquelin Cangro is back with more essays from underground New York. In this follow up to The Subway Chronicles: Scenes from Life in New York, all of the tales are her own. From run-ins with subway preachers and the Chinese Curses Lady to Pickles the dachshund to the man whose girlfriend bit his ear off, she documents the hilarious, poignant, and thought-provoking adventure that is the New York City subway. Her original voice chronicles the highs and lows of discovering who you are while living in an indomitable city with a character all its own. Together these essays create a fresh and real portrait of one woman’s attempt to find her own New York.
Ms. Cangro’s book offers glimpses of what it’s like to live in NYC, especially the subway. Fittingly, the chapters are short and focus on certain incidents, people, or memories. For anyone who has relied on public transportation knows that it’s only a part of your day. You ride to work and then back. However, long or short, those experiences stay with you. You see, while on the subway, most riders see and interact with strangers. Over time some of these strangers become a part of your life, but rarely do they progress into more. It’s an odd experience and can be hard to describe. Cangro does an excellent job. And the characters that she meets are well characters. My favorite was the Chinese Curses Lady. I won’t say too much about her, but after reading about her I was laughing out loud.
Cangro’s insights are humorous, touching, and will make you think. And if you’ve never been to NYC, this would be a good introduction to the underground and it may give you life saving tips or at least advice on how to make your trip as enjoyable as possible.
On her blog yesterday she announced that the Kindle version is free on Amazon, today, August 3rd. Grab yourself a copy and meet the Chinese Curses Lady.
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