Nancy Bass Wyden

Nancy Bass Wyden

Co-Owner Strand Book Store

Nancy grew up in the world of books. Her grandfather founded the Strand in 1927 and she started working there when she was 16. Nancy savors the classics: Dickens, Twain, Wilde and Nabokov, in particular, but also loves to read memoirs and biographies.

Would you like other recommendations? Email me at staff+nancy@strandbooks.com

Check out some of Nancy's favorites that were recently discussed in a New York Post article titled In My Library.  Click here to view the full article.  

 

New York: The Novel

By Edward Rutherfurd

My mother recommended it. She doesn’t work in the business, so she has more time to read! It’s a really thick book — 860 pages — but it’s such a page turner. This ambitious sweeping epic covers 350 years of New York, from its beginning as an Indian village at the tip of Manhattan all the way to the Sept. 11 attacks, and it is absolutely captivating.

 

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  • A Christmas Carol

    By Charles Dickens

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780061650994
    • Publisher: HarperCollins
    • Published: September 2009
    Charles Dickens' children's classic, delightfully illustrated by Brett Helquist, illustrator of 'Roger the Jolly Pirate' and the 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' books. (Ages: 3-7).
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    By Bill Bryson

    Our Price: $14.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780767919388
    • Publisher: Doubleday
    • Published: October 2010
    From the author of A Walk in the Woods and A Short History of Nearly Everything, among others. Bill Bryson, living with his family in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped, discovered just how little he knew about the ordinary things of life as found in his comfortable residence. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to 'write a history of the world without leaving home.' For example, the bathroom provides the occasion for the history of hygiene, the bedroom for an account of sex, death, and sleep, the kitchen for a discussion of nutrition and the spice trade, and so on, showing how each has figured in the evolution of private life. From architecture to electricity, from food preservation to epidemics, from the telephone to the Eiffel Tower - Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world ends up in our houses, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture. Everything. Bibliography, Illustration Credits, Index. B&W illus. 497p.
  • Children Make Terrible Pets

    By Peter Brown

    Our Price: $17.99
    • Format: Oversize Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780316015486
    • Publisher: Little Brown & Company
    • Published: September 2010
    When Luc, a young bear, discovers a boy lost in the woods, she asks her mother if she can have him as a pet, only to find him impossible to train. Color illus. (Ages: 4-6),
  • Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan

    By Rem Koolhaas

    Our Price: $17.50 - $35.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781885254009
    • Publisher: The Monacelli Press
    • Published: December 1994
    Describes the effect of the overcrowding of Manhattan on the development of New York's architecture, and of the latter on the culture of the city, and argues that they are the results of a deliberate, if unexpressed, program
  • I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections

    By Nora Ephron

    Our Price: $9.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780307595607
    • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    • Published: 2010
    From the author of Heartburn, I Feel Bad About My Neck and Crazy Salad, and writer/director of the feature-length film Julie & Julia. Nora's back, taking a cool, hard, hilarious look at the past, the present and future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn't (yet) forgotten. Ephron writes about falling hard for a way of life and about breaking up even harder with the men in her life as well as revealing the alarming evolution, a decade after she wrote and directed You've Got Mail, of her relationship with her in-box. All the while she gives candid, edgy voice to everything women who have reached a certain age have been thinking...but rarely acknowledging. Filled with insights and observations that instantly ring true - and could only have originated with Nora herself. 141p.
  • Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer

    By Steven Millhauser

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679781271
    • Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
    • Published: April 1997
    Young Martin Dressler begins his career as an industrious helper in his father's cigar store. In the course of his restless young manhood, he makes a swift and eventful rise to the top, accompanied by two sisters--one a dreamlike shadow, the other a worldly business partner. As the eponymous Martin's vision becomes bolder and bolder he walks a haunted line between fantasy and reality, madness and ambition, art and industry, a sense of doom builds piece-by-hypnotic piece until this mesmerizing journey into the heart of an American dreamer reaches its bitter-sweet conclusion. 293p.
  • New York

    By Edward Rutherfurd

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780345497420
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books
    • Published: September 2010
    With this New York Times bestseller, Edward Rutherfurd celebrates America's greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga, weaving together tales of families rich and poor, native-born and immigrant - a cast of fictional and true characters whose fates rise and fall and rise again with the city's fortunes. From this intimate perspective readers see New York's humble origins as a tiny Indian fishing village, supplanted by the arrival of Dutch and British merchants - through to the attack on the World Trade Center, 9/11/2001. A stirring mix of battle, romance, family struggles, and personal triumphs. 862p.
  • The Fran Lebowitz Reader

    By Fran Lebowitz

    Our Price: $8.50 - $15.25
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679761808
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: October 1994
    This publication brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two bestsellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, two classics in which the humorist limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life - its fads, trends, crazes,morals, and fashions - without mercy. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking and waggish, Lebowitz makes for one wickedly on-target comic sensibility. (Fran Lebowitz still lives in New York City, as she does not believe that she would be allowed to live anywhere else.) 333p.

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