Friday, December 6, 2013

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

Humans of New YorkHumans of New York by Brandon Stanton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been following the Humans of New York fb page for a couple years now, after seeing its photos shared by authors. At first most of the pictures didn't include quotes but as someone who dreams of one day living in The City, I couldn't get enough. When the photographer began adding quotes, the people and their stories became even more fascinating and real to me.

Now the photographer Brandon Stanton and St Martin's Press have published those magic moments in a gorgeous book. Even the dust jacket is a pretty part of its design. In fact, it makes such a perfect holiday gift that it's selling out on Amazon and BN.com! People still love to gift books, how awesome is that :D

Unfortunately the pages aren't numbered so I can't specify where my favorite photos/stories are, but there are three in particular that I loved. 
The first is of a bulldog named Boogie. He's lying at the feet of his owner and giving a sideways look lol! The second is of the homeless man who was sweetly concerned about Brandon "making it" as a photographer. The empathy that simple thought conveys despite (and possibly even because of) his own situation just melted me. 

Last but not least, I loved the humor of the woman laughing and joyously eating an apple. She had a funny quote about not minding "white people moving into our neighborhood" because they come in peace, bringing Whole Foods and Fleetwood Mac with them LOL!

This and the Hyperbole and a Half book are both on my wish list this Christmas. How funny that they're both books that originated from social media. IMO that just proves they go together as the perfect gift for book lovers this year!


This book was a personal purchase.