Books by Adam Gopnik

AT THE STRANGERS' GATE by Adam Gopnik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Not exactly a Horatio Alger story but an engaging tale of a writer finding his way in work and life."
A longtime New Yorker contributor writes about his early years in the city—the 1980s principally—ruminating about art and artists, love and apartments, writing and reading and speaking, and the city that he loves. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2011

"Rich in context and philosophical thoughts, Gopnik's book will satiate the most ardent of food-history buffs."
A philosophical look at French food and how it has affected our eating habits and our lives. Read full book review >
THE STEPS ACROSS THE WATER by Adam Gopnik
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"U Nork construct proves fascinating, readers may find the overt 'Snow Queen' correspondences intrusive, bewildering and misguided. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A little girl learns the meaning of family in this fantasy adventure loosely based on Andersen's "Snow Queen" and set in both New York City and a parallel metropolis called U Nork. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2009

"Despite indulging in such bombastic statements as, 'all their angels are ages, and the ages held out a distant halo of angels,' this talented, skillful critic achieves considerable new, heartfelt depth."
The coincidence of a birthday shared by two titans of modern history yields an absorbing joint appreciation of the politics of emancipation, evolutionary science and their respective contributions to the world we know now. Read full book review >
THE KING IN THE WINDOW by Adam Gopnik
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Dozens of clear-as-glass or mirror-reflection references abound, and Gopnik would have done well to reflect a bit himself, since there are few 11-year-olds who will want to wallow through this murk. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Gopnik's work for the New Yorker is beautiful and elegant, but he has fallen prey to the contemporary disease that condemns adult writers and celebrities—writing a children's book once they have children of their own; his overstuffed fantasy is next to impossible to endure. Read full book review >
PARIS TO THE MOON by Adam Gopnik
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 2000

"Thanks for the postcards, Adam. Sounds like a wonderful time. Wish we were there."
A talented essayist for the New Yorker pens a love letter to the City of Lights, praising Paris to the moon (though that's not the original meaning of the title). Read full book review >