The Subway Chronicles

The Subway Chronicles

Scenes From Life in New York

Book - 2006
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Some seven million people board the New York City subway every day, each one with a story to tell. The Subway Chronicles collects twenty-seven of the tales, dramas and comedies that unfold during the daily commute. From the “mole people” living in the subway tunnels, to the transit employees working behind the scenes, to the locals and tourists riding shoulder-to-shoulder in harmony, discord, or indifference, The Subway Chronicles offers a kaleidoscope of perspectives on this most public of spaces.

Prominent New York writers weigh in:

  • Jonathan Lethem confesses his childhood subway sins
  • Colson Whitehead offers mass-transit tips for newcomers to the city
  • Francine Prose recalls the thrill and apprehension of riding alone as a teenage girl
  • Calvin Trillin pokes fun at the classic New York tendency to be skeptical about everything
  • Stan Fischler delights in memories of riding the open-air train cars to Coney Island as a boy

Equal parts hilarious, poignant, and heartbreaking, The Subway Chronicles is a journey into New York’s underground with some of today’s most loved writers.



Random House, Inc.
Some seven million people board the New York City subway every day, each one with a story to tell.The Subway Chronicles collects twenty-seven of the tales, dramas and comedies that unfold during the daily commute. From the “mole people” living in the subway tunnels, to the transit employees working behind the scenes, to the locals and tourists riding shoulder-to-shoulder in harmony, discord, or indifference, The Subway Chronicles offers a kaleidoscope of perspectives on this most public of spaces.

Prominent New York writers weigh in:

  • Jonathan Lethem confesses his childhood subway sins

  • Colson Whitehead offers mass-transit tips for newcomers to the city

  • Francine Prose recalls the thrill and apprehension of riding alone as a teenage girl

  • Calvin Trillin pokes fun at the classic New York tendency to be skeptical about everything

  • Stan Fischler delights in memories of riding the open-air train cars to Coney Island as a boy

Equal parts hilarious, poignant, and heartbreaking, The Subway Chronicles is a journey into New York’s underground with some of today’s most loved writers.



Baker & Taylor
A kaleidoscopic view of the underground world of the New York subways brings together a collection of twenty-seven essays, reminiscences, and observations that cover everything from the "mole people" who live in the subway tunnels to the frantic commuters of rush hour in writings by Jonathan Lethem, Calvin Trillin, Francine Prose, and others. Original. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Plume, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780452287792
0452287790
Branch Call Number: 813 SUBWA
Characteristics: ix, 209 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Cangro, Jacquelin

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