The Greatest "Coney Island" Books of All Time

Click to learn how this list is calculated.

This list represents a comprehensive and trusted collection of the greatest books. Developed through a specialized algorithm, it brings together 280 'best of' book lists to form a definitive guide to the world's most acclaimed books. For those interested in how these books are chosen, additional details can be found on the rankings page.

Filter by: Genres Dates Countries
Follow on:

Genres

Coney Island

The "Coney Island" category for books encapsulates a literary genre that embodies the spirit, history, and cultural tapestry of Coney Island, the iconic neighborhood and entertainment area in Brooklyn, New York. Books in this genre often explore themes of escapism, amusement, and the American dream, while delving into the area's storied past—from the heyday of its amusement parks to its decline and subsequent revival. They may include historical fiction set against the backdrop of the famous boardwalk, biographies of notable figures associated with the area, or non-fiction accounts of its unique social and urban landscape. The genre also captures the diverse experiences of the people who have walked its streets, ridden its roller coasters, and lived in its shadow, offering readers a vivid portrayal of this microcosm of American culture and urban life.

Add additional genre filters

Countries

Date Range

Filter

Reading Statistics

Click the button below to see how many of these books you've read!

Download

If you're interested in downloading this list as a CSV file for use in a spreadsheet application, you can easily do so by clicking the button below. Please note that to ensure a manageable file size and faster download, the CSV will include details for only the first 500 books.

Download
  1. 1. The Last Shot by Darcy Frey

    This book provides a vivid account of the lives of four high school basketball players from Coney Island, New York, who dream of making it to the NBA. The narrative delves into the challenges and pressures they face, both on and off the court, as they navigate their senior year, aiming to secure college scholarships and rise out of their impoverished neighborhood. The author offers a poignant exploration of the intersection of sports, education, and socioeconomic status, revealing the slim odds and high stakes involved in the pursuit of athletic success as a means of escaping a cycle of poverty.

  2. 2. The Electric Michelangelo by Sarah Hall

    "The Electric Michelangelo" is a historical fiction novel that follows the life of Cy Parks, a man from Morecambe Bay, England who becomes an apprentice in his mother's seaside hotel for consumptives. He later becomes a tattoo artist, first in his hometown and then in the bustling Coney Island, New York. The book explores themes of love, loss, and the transformative power of art as Cy navigates through the complexities of human body and spirit in the 20th century.

Reading Statistics

Click the button below to see how many of these books you've read!

Download

If you're interested in downloading this list as a CSV file for use in a spreadsheet application, you can easily do so by clicking the button below. Please note that to ensure a manageable file size and faster download, the CSV will include details for only the first 500 books.

Download