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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (632 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Gopnik Narrator: Adam Gopnik Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The children’s gate is an entrance to Central Park that leads to the playground. Gopnik explores that entrance in metaphor and experience as he recounts his family's return from Paris to New York——a seemingly secure, almost oddly child-friendly New York—in the fall of 2000. Gopnik describes not a city but an extended urban family, and a home charmed by the civilization of childhood. It's a charm that is simultaneously protect from, challenged by, and even shaped around the event that is soon to follow.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katrin Stamatis | 2/17/2014

    " Gopnik's sentimentality and his obsession with parallel sentence construction threatened to ruin my enjoyment of these essays. That said, he does have a compelling writing style and a beautiful way of capturing certain universal emotions. I especially enjoyed what felt like his more honest essays - one chronicling his years with an old German psychoanalyst, another comparing his apartment search in New York to the search of a couple in the late 19th century. "Bumping Into Mr. Ravioli" and "Death of a Fish" were also charming vignettes about the complexities of raising small children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Suzanne | 2/11/2014

    " Although I didn't think this was as good as "Paris to the Moon" it should be a must-read for New Yorkers with children or thinking about having children while living in the city. I particularly liked Gopnik's concern over his daughter's over-programmed imaginary friend and the adventures of trick-or-treating in high rise apartment buildings. Basically this is an enjoyable read, well-written with warmth and humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by sima | 2/5/2014

    " The first 100 or so pages of the book dragged, but as Gopnik got into the book, the vignettes become more telling and relatable in the Paris to the Moon sense. Well written and witty, but not a "can't put it down" read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Megan Arnold | 1/31/2014

    " Reading this book and LOVING it! He alternately writes about living in New York in a way that makes me passionately think YES, that's EXACTLY how I feel! and make me laugh aloud, which I rarely do when reading. (that move can get you some odd looks on the subway by the way - beware) "

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About the Author
Author Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik has been writing for the New Yorker since 1986. His work for the magazine has won the National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. From 1995 to 2000, Gopnik lived in Paris, where the newspaper Le Monde praised his “witty and Voltairean picture of French life.” He now lives in New York with his wife and their children.