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Heart of the City

7 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9 hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2011. ISBN 9781441768346. $38; 7 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F
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This collection of nine stories by Sabar (www.arielsabar.com), author of the National Book Critics Circle Award winner My Father's Paradise (2008), tells of real-life couples who met by chance in New York City's public spaces. Sabar prefaces the book with a lengthy and informative discussion of his research into environmental psychology and the landmarks of his favorite city; the stories that follow, which closely resemble the "how we met" accounts found in local papers, feature characters from diverse backgrounds and share in common happy endings. Musician/narrator Neil Shah's performance helps to impart a warm-hearted sweetness to the players in these chance encounters. This collection will appeal to New Yorkers for the love that Sabar lavishes on "The City" as well as to anyone enjoying charming, uplifting tales of romance.—Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo

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