Through the Children's Gate: A Home in New York

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Knopf Canada, Jun 18, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
Following Adam Gopnik’s best-selling Paris to the Moon, the adventure continues against the panorama of another storied city.

Autumn, 2000: the Gopnik family moves back to a New York that seems, at first, safer and shinier than ever. Here are the triumphs and travails of father, mother, son and daughter; and of the teachers, coaches, therapists, adversaries and friends who round out the extended urban family. From Bluie, a goldfish fated to meet a Hitchcockian end, to Charlie Ravioli, an imaginary playmate who, being a New Yorker, is too busy to play, Gopnik’s New York is charmed by the civilization of childhood. It is a fabric of living, which, though rent by the events of 9/11, will reweave itself, reviving a world where Jewish jokes mingle with debates about the problem of consciousness, the price of real estate and the meaning of modern art. By turns elegant and exultant, written with a signature mix of mind and heart, Through the Children’s Gate is at once a celebration of a newly fragile city and a poignant study of a family trying to find its way, and joy, within it.

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User Review  - Othemts - LibraryThing

This collection of essays documents Gopnik's life upon returning to New York City with his wife and young children after living in Paris. The September 11th attacks occur shortly after they move in ... Read full review

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User Review  - RussellBittner - LibraryThing

J. P. Donleavy once wrote a hilarious novel titled A Fairy Tale of New York. Adam Gopnik's masterpiece could be just as aptly titled. He has, however, chosen a somewhat more prosaic title while ... Read full review

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Power and the Parrot
The City and the Pillars
Bumping into Mr Ravioli
Bitterosities 139
The Running Fathers
Propensities 235
Last of the Metrozoids

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Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. He is a three-time winner of National Magazine Awards for Essays and for Criticism and winner of the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. Raised in Montreal, Gopnik lived in Paris from 1995 to 2000, and now lives in New York with his wife and their two children.

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