A Walker in the City by Alfred Kazin

This memoir explores the author's experiences growing up as a Jewish child in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn during the 1920s and 1930s. The narrative delves into his relationship with his family, his Jewish identity, his love for literature, and his observations about the changing urban landscape. As he walks through his old neighborhood as an adult, he reflects on the past, creating a vivid and emotional portrait of his childhood and the immigrant experience in New York City.

The 5278th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 75

Since this book was first published in 1951, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 75.0.

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