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Friday Fiction: The Fight For Life
Creepy or Clever?

This is New York coverThis is New York
Sasek
1960

I had feeling I had seen this book before. Perhaps from the deep recesses of my library days as a kid. Anyway, I love the artwork, especially the cityscapes.  The author is Miroslav Sasek and he wrote a series of This Is books on Paris, London, Rome and a bunch of others. You can read the Wikipedia article here.

The particular edition I was looking at was the 1960 library edition and it was in good shape for a book 50+ years old.  These books have also been re-released about 10 years ago.   This is one of those books that can have a lot of us wondering about keeping or weeding.  It definitely shows its age, but the artwork is great. Keep or Weed? Discuss.

Mary

Fire strikes frequently

Macy's

Bought Manhattan from Indians

13 comments

  1. The pictures are dated (they are from a time I remember), but that is the charm of this book.
    I would like to see it held onto for nostalgia sake. Many of the things mentioned (Macy’s, pull boxes,
    Rockefeller Center, etc.) are synonomous with New York and are still in existence, so maybe it should
    be kept.

  2. Keep it! I love the illustrations. I can see why you’d want to week dated books about careers or technology or medicine, but something like this is worth keeping for its charm. I always feel a little sad when old, but interesting books are weeded. Indeed, I make a point of of checking out the older fiction that I like (D.E. Stevenson, Mary Stewart, others of their ilk) at my library, just so that they can be proven to be still in circulation and not sent to the book sale.

  3. Looks cute, but the “Indians sold the island for chump change” story belongs with the story young Washington chopping down the cherry tree.

  4. Well, they don’t have to worry about the World Trade Center pictures – this was before they were built…

  5. Weed, but definitely replace with the reissue – they are terrific, and really appeal to younger kids. A fun way to be introduced to great cities.

  6. Honestly? In a public library, I’d actually keep it – but in the adult section, not the youth department. Adults would likely get a much bigger kick out of it than most kids would, and the appeal lies in the design and style rather than in outdated facts. If it were in a school library, I’d probably have to let it go (and then take it home!)

  7. It’s a sweet book. I’d be more tempted to weed it and take it home than I would be to keep it in a library that isn’t set up to archive books about New York.

  8. Gorgeous, yet outdated. Find it a nice home in an archive.

    My parents had a similar book called A Water Tour of Seattle that’s in the same, er, boat: Charming book, facts mostly still correct, so very very tempting to hang onto, but ultimately not appropriate for a kids’ nonfiction section.

  9. Sometimes you really need to trust that the reader can figure out the book is out of date. I say keep, but not in J. Put it in adult or your historical collection, if you’ve got one — that’s ideal for out if date travel/geography books. I always found those a great resource for authors looking for period info for their works in progress.

  10. Discard and replace it (which is what my library has been doing as they’re reissued). The new edition looks much more attactive and they’ve been adding a page at the end of each book republished in the series with information about how things have changed since the book was written. Universe/Rizzoli has done a lovely job with the new editions.

  11. Sasek books are still in print as charming retro repros.

    They are obviously too good for children.

    The special Library Edition (in reasonable condition) will be particularly rare & valuable – straight to Reserve Stock archive!

  12. Do love the artwork! Interestingly enough, my academic library has four of these books. 1 (This is Texas) is in the children’s book section, the other three are in art. Again keep but not in juvenile!

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