A Guide to the New York of HBO’s Girls

By November 26th, 2013

Each season we announce our new titles individually, each in their own post, to give you a little extra background behind the book. If you’ve missed any, you can check them all out here. All of Fall 2013’s intro posts are here.

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Something about starting a new book or tv show always reminds me of visiting a city for the first time. There’s a landscape to explore. Pacing to settle into. People to meet and little details to take in. The most satisfying stories are usually ones where the setting feels alive, like it could really exist.

Sometimes, of course, that’s because it does–because the story takes place in a city like New York, or Chicago, or Paris, that exist in the real world. Even then, though, what makes that city come to life on the page or screen is the author’s, or the character’s, experience of it, the details that make up their lives within it.

That’s the feeling I associate with HBO’s Girls. It’s a window on not just its characters’ lives, but a specific New York that exists at a particular time for a particular set of people. The neighborhoods the characters live in, the restaurants and cafes they frequent, what dessert they pick up before walking through the park all say something–maybe not always something crucial, but definitely something interesting–about who they are and who they want to be.

In The Unofficial Girls Guide to New York, Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin (authors of The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook) have compiled a gorgeous little guide to New York City as seen through the lens of Girls. If you’ve been following the pre-release on Facebook or Pinterest or Instagram or Twitter (because who doesn’t like options?), you’ve seen some of the images and read a little bit about the featured locations . . . and you probably already know that there’s no better way to introduce you to this book than to show it to you.

You can see a few pages (and also enter our book + DVD giveaway!) here, but there’s nothing like holding it in your hands and flipping through. So here’s the next best thing: a Vine of us flipping through.

 

 

(Note the maps, to make sure the only way you end up getting lost in the city is the good way.)

As of today, The Unofficial Girls Guide is officially available from Amazon, B&N, IndieBound, and more (and the iBooks version looks pretty great too. You can, as always, get a PDF excerpt for free by signing up for the email list on our book page. And if you’re thinking about getting someone you love a Girls-related gift, may we direct you to our 2013 Girls Gift Guide?

Stick around via Facebook or Instagram or one of the book’s other accounts, too–we’ll have more giveaways in the lead up to Girls’ January 12 premiere!

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