Autumnal

Glittering crowds
And shimmering clouds
In canyons of steel-
They’re making me feel
I’m home.
It’s Autumn in New York
That brings the promise of new love.
I recently finished reading The Rules of Civility: A Novel, by Amor Towles, which conjures up a retro-chic Manhattan of the 1930s (complete with cocktails).  The song, Autumn in New York, is mentioned in this book, along with this quote:  “Once a year, a city’s architectural, cultural and horticultural variables come into alignment with the solar course in such a way that men and women passing each other on the thoroughfares feel an unusual sense of romantic promise.  Like Christmastime in Vienna, or April in Paris.  That’s the way we New Yorkers feel about fall.  Come September, despite waning hours, despite the leaves succumbing to the weight of gray autumnal rains, there is a certain relief to having the long days of summer behind us; and there’s a certain paradoxical sense of rejuvenation in the air.”
To say that I loved this novel would be an understatement…have you read it?
Happy First Day Of Fall ~ Cheers!
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25 Comments

  1. Dying to read this book… and yes, autumn in New York with the turning leaves in Central Park and crisp, fresh mornings is fabulous!
    xxoo

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  2. So funny! I attended a birthday lunch and this was the party favor!! I just got it a few days ago and cannot wait to start reading it.The birthday girl read it and loved it and gave it out as part of the favor. Cannot wait to delve in, just finishing up a book now then I will begin…….

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  3. This is the one season I will miss most here in Dubai…

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  4. Debby wrote:

    Funny, I have visited the city in every season except fall. I think I need a trip. xo

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  5. I'm so happy its fall! By far my favorite season. I'd love to visit NYC in fall, I'm sure its amazing!

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  6. I Dream Of wrote:

    A toast to the Rules of Civility – what a fabulous book, loved every word. And to fall. Agree, there is no more magical time in New York than glorious autumn!

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  7. Fall was my favorite time when I lived in the city. It has a feeling you can just not describe to anyone that hasn't been there. A cool breeze, early evenings, leafs dancing across the sidewalks, jazz in the background…oh man do I miss the city!

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  8. Wow! I just love how the author describes this. So very beautiful. Gorgeous photos. Makes me want to go to New York in the Fall now.

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  9. annie wrote:

    this makes me miss NY so much…

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  10. I will be adding this to my growing list of must reads. Sounds like one I will devour! When it comes to NYC, I love autumn and Christmas in the city! My favorite city in the world.

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  11. Camila wrote:

    I will be adding that book to my list. I love Fall in NY. I can't wait for the leaves to start falling. Already started wearing jeans instead of my summer attire of dresses.

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  12. Sweetina wrote:

    I Loved the book and was sorry when it was finished! NY in the Fall is Heaven!

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  13. FABULOUS blog. Thanks for stopping by Third Floor Design Studio so I could be introduced to you! Definitely going on my list of daily reads. 🙂

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  14. I miss NYC in the fall so much. Miss my city even more now that I read your post 🙁 A couple of months ago I put a hold on Rules of Civility. CANNOT wait for it to become available!

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  15. I love Fall. Too bad it's 90 out 🙁

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  16. Stephanie wrote:

    It's on my list for sure! Glad to hear you loved it! I think you may have ALMOST convinced me to embrace fall. (If only summer hadn't left in such a hurry!)

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  17. I read this book too, and since then have been recommending it to everyone who will listen to me!! I thought it was fabulous…beautifully written and gave me a renewed love for NYC!

    http://cursive-script.blogspot.com

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  18. CDS wrote:

    I love autumn in NY…must pick up booK!

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  19. Jennifer M. wrote:

    Great book – it was one of those books that I didn't want to end!

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  20. Sounds like a great read. I'll add it to my list now 🙂

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  21. LOVED this book… seriously one of my all time favorites! I want it to be a tv show or movie… couldn't you just picture it!?

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  22. This is on my "must read" list. So happy to hear you loved it. I totally agree…there is just something about fall in New York. Boots, check. Sweaters, check. Fogal tights, check. Let's meet for a cocktail!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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  23. I was just given the book last week-a friends cousin wrote it and I can't wait to pick it up and devour it! xx

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  24. i'm really interested in this book. hope to find it in my place

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  25. Anna Elder wrote:

    i really want to go to NY in the fall. and i love campari so i'm going to have to try this drink.

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