“Book reviews with strangers on the subway” boasts the tagline of Uli Beutter Cohen’s The Subway Book Review. A beautiful instagram and tumblr posing the questions: what are you reading, and why? As simple as these questions are, the results offer insights, witticisms, and a glimpse into the reading lives of New Yorkers. Shot in the never-fail black and white, the photographs and caption reviews delight and amuse.
I have tried to choose some favorites (too many!) but make sure you check out them all!
Shark Wars by EJ Altbacker. Elliot: "I picked this up from the bookshelf in my house. I'm not sure why, I don't really like sharks actually. Who would like this book? Shark lovers." #sharkwars #ejaltbacker #series #childrensbook #thebigblue #sharklovers #bookreview #newyork #brooklyn #subwaybookreview
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. Lou: "This is the story of several families who look perfect on the outside – they have money and good looks – yet there is something incomplete, unhappy and unsettling about them. They live on Martha's Vineyard, a picture perfect place, but their lives are filled with dread. The book is about an incident that happened but we don't know exactly what that was yet. While reading, I'm in fear of finding out what really happened. I've been on edge the entire time and am expecting something awful to surface. The author is my friend and she is very talented. I'm very impressed with this book." #newyork #nyc #bookreview #subwaybookreview #book #love #reading #subway #author #elockhart #wewereliars #novel #twisted #bookloversunite #author #fall #readinglist #list #bookclub #bookworm #readingisawesome #instagood #igers #style #follow #instabook #iphoneonly #vscocam
The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Arina: "The book is about a small group of students who study the Greek language. It starts with a big discovery, so I know something exciting will happen, but I don't know what yet. I'm reading the book in Russian. I sometimes try reading books in English, but that can be complicated depending on the story and sentence structure. If I was American I would study creative writing. Right now I work in a restaurant as a hostess. In the future I hope to start writing in Russian. If it's a bestseller it will be translated… Ha! I'm joking." @arina.oz #donnatartt #thesecrethistory #novel #mystery #russian #college #vermont #greek #bunny #whydunit #newyork #manhattan #subwaybookreview
Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer. Erico: "The book is about memory and the development of memory. It gives examples of people with exemplary memory and completely amnestic people with no memory at all. It describes how it feels to have both experiences. My memory is not exemplary – I'm terrible at remembering names. I need to make use of some of the exercises in here. I would describe this book as a scientifically based study that's very entertaining to read. I usually drive but I'm taking the subway because I can't put it down." #moonwalkingwitheinstein #joshuafoer #nonfiction #memory #visualizing #gatesnotes #bookreview #newyork #brooklyn #subwaybookreview
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Kelie: "NPR reported recently that long books are more popular now. People want to invest in the story and like how long it is. What I love about 1Q84 are its two opposing stories and its two different realities – one of which is potentially an illusion. In the story, the way characters know which reality they're living in is by how many moons are in the sky. All Murakami characters are soulful but banal characters. There's depth to them but they are not dramatized. I love Murakami. Lately I've been looking for two moons and think I might be in a two moon reality." @cinders_gallery #newyork #subwaybookreview #book #bookreview #1q84 #harukimurakami #twomoons @npr
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Elise: "The author is a profound feminist. She gives talks, she's a published author, a scholar and she was sampled on Beyoncé's last album on the track 'Flawless' talking about feminism. This particular book is based on a TEDx talk she gave about the realities of sexual politics. We're raising boys and girls differently when they should really be raised the same. We should be true to ourselves. Feminism becomes less of a daunting topic in her words. It's like you're listening to a wise woman in your family. When I first learned about feminism it seemed like an ideology that was made by and for white, intellectual women. I feel connected to her work because of the nuances she touches on that regard the Black American and the African experience in America. Ultimately it's not about negating or discrediting any woman – it's about celebrating all women. Reading her work finally made me feel like I was included in the conversation." @currentlyelise #Chimamanda #Adichie #feminist #beyonce #tedtalks #sexualpolitics #equality #celebratewomen #unity #weshouldallbefeminists #bookreview #brooklyn #newyork #subwaybookreview @chimamanda.adichie @beyonce @tedxevents I spy @greenlightbklyn
Where's Waldo? The Totally Essential Travel Collection. Addison: "Papa got this book for us today. In the book you just find things. Like Waldo. You find him because he has stripes on. This is Anais's book. Percy Jackson is my favorite book." Anais: "I want to find the sandcastle. Where is it?" #whereswaldo #sandcastle #percyjackson #subwayreading #thecutest #sisters #newyork #subwaybookreview
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Phil: "It's a very good book written from the perspective of a boy with Aspergers. You see the world through the way he thinks. Very logical, not very emotional. The boy stumbles across a dead dog and he decides to solve the mystery. It's a charming story written from a rare perspective. He's really into math and reasons his way through these adult scenarios. I'm a composer and music is mathematical so this is interesting to me." #nyc #subwaybookreview #bookreview #book #markhaddon #math #music @vintageanchor
The Accidental Masterpiece by Michael Kimmelman. Helena: "The book is about life and how it can be better lived if you think about it as an art form. If keeping this in mind helps you to pay attention to your life, that's great. It's an old book I've had for a long time." @barquethelena #michaelkimmelman #artcritic #newyorktimes #accidentialmasterpiece #artform #lebenskünstler #artofliving #newyork #bookreview #subwaybookreview
Super Nature Encyclopedia by Derek Harvey. Ocean: "This book is about different kinds of animals and what they do. I like the book. It tells me that the cheetah can run 70 miles per hour. I'll show you the cheetah. There it is. The cheetah is fast, but the falcon is fast too. It's the fastest in the sky. Mostly when it dives it goes really fast. I used to be scared of is the last page – the colossal squid. Compared to a person he has a weird body. And he has giant eyes. But then I learned that he lives deep under the water so I'm not scared anymore." #newyork #nyc #subwaybookreview #bookreview #book #subway #bookloversunite #author #derekharvey #supernatureencyclopedia #smithsonian #creatures #kids #kidsbook #readingisawesome #bookstagram #booksworthreading #readinglist
The Riot Grrrl Collection by A Variety of Grrrls. Erik: "This is a series of different zines, mostly essays and images, to show the Riot Grrrl movement itself instead of a misinterpreted version of it. I really like the use of aggressive language and imagery. It doesn't take itself so seriously. The authors acknowledge their own imperfections in an attempt to make something perfect. I'm gender fluid and utmost and foremost a feminist. It's important for a man to read this and to better educate ourselves." #nyc #subwaybookreview #riotgrrrl #zinecollection