Morningside Heights

Morningside Heights Following the tremendous success of her first book a nonfiction work on housekeeping that became a surprise bestseller Cheryl Mendelson brings to her debut novel the same intensely readable style th

  • Title: Morningside Heights
  • Author: Cheryl Mendelson
  • ISBN: 9780375760686
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Paperback
  • Following the tremendous success of her first book, a nonfiction work on housekeeping that became a surprise bestseller, Cheryl Mendelson brings to her debut novel the same intensely readable style that made Home Comforts so popular In the spirit of Anthony Trollope, she roots her story very much in a specific time and place 1999, in an old fashioned New York City neighboFollowing the tremendous success of her first book, a nonfiction work on housekeeping that became a surprise bestseller, Cheryl Mendelson brings to her debut novel the same intensely readable style that made Home Comforts so popular In the spirit of Anthony Trollope, she roots her story very much in a specific time and place 1999, in an old fashioned New York City neighborhood that s becoming rapidly gentrified and the enormously engaging result resembles a twentieth century version of The Way We Live Now.Anne and Charles Braithwaite have spent their entire married life in a sedate old apartment building in Morningside Heights, a northern Manhattan neighborhood filled with intellectual, artistic souls like themselves, who thrive on the area s abundant parks, cultural offferings, and reasonably priced real estate The Braithwaites, musicians with several young children, are at the core of a circle of friends who make their living as writers, psychiatrists, and professors But as the novel opens, their comfortable life is being threatened as a buoyant economy sends newly rich Wall Street types scurrying northward in search of good investments and space At the same time, the Braithwaites weather the difficult love lives of their friends, and all of the characters confront their fears that the institutions and social values that have until now provided them with meaning and stability science, religion, the arts are in increasing decline Though the group clings to the rituals and promises of such institutions, the Braithwaites imminent departure sends shock waves through their community As the family contemplates the impossible a move to the suburbs their predicament represents the end of a cultured kind of city life that middle class families can no longer afford.This intelligent and captivating social chronicle is the first of a trilogy of novels about Morningside Heights readers sure to be drawn in by Mendelson s habit forming prose have much to look forward to.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. This novel is technically perfect. It is clearly, lucidly, beautifully written. There are just the right number of plot and sub-plot strings; plenty of interesting characters; a real, detailed setting. None of this is surprising, given that the author, Cheryl Mendelson, is a PhD and a JD. This is her second book and first novel—surprisingly enough, she wrote Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House first, a NY Times nonfiction bestseller on keeping house. I'm a fan of that, which is [...]

    2. I wanted to like this. It started out so well, with such great sense of place, but then she started trying to add CHARACTERS to the place and it all went downhill from there. Endless paragraphs to the effect of "She felt this. She thought that. Then she felt this other thing." I wanted to throttle her after a while and scream "SHOW, don't TELL! Show, don't tell!!!!" Between that and the oh-so-unsurprising plot twist near the end and extremely irritating resolution thereof, I very nearly threw it [...]

    3. I loved this book. It's brainy and neurotic just like its characters, with whom I fell in love. Can't wait to read more of Mendelson!

    4. When I heard this book described as a 20th c. Anthony Trollope and when I connected the author as the writer of Home Comforts, I put it on the top of my pile. However, I abandoned it after 50 pages. I couldn't form a picture, couldn't relate to the characters; could not go on. A month later I started from the beginning; this time I sailed through it. Morningside Heights is a Manhattan neighborhood with at least six prestigious universities. It's on the Upper West Side. [I really need to learn NY [...]

    5. I started reading Morningside Heights during my last week of pregnancy. I remember starting the book on the subways, and immediately turning to Ian and saying, "Here, read these first three pages! It's a little history of our neighborhood!" Cheryl Medelson's writing immediately hooked me, from her description of the neighborhood of Morningside Heights in New York City (the area around Columbia University which divides the Upper West Side and Harlem), to the introduction of her interesting, yet f [...]

    6. I wanted to like this, but middle-class white people talking about psychoanalysis and their fear of suburbs got really boring.

    7. Prior to reading this book, gentrification seemed to me to be a racial issue. White people moving into a previously black or Hispanic neighborhood and buying up all the property and pushing the old residents out. However, now I see that it is also about class and age and interests. The main characters of this book reside in the Upper West side of New York City, in the late nineties, just prior to an influx of money that turned much of the neighborhood, long home to old radicals and artists, into [...]

    8. This is the first book in the Morningside Heights trilogy, which I happen to be reading in reverse order.Morningside Heights is, of course, a neighborhood on the upper west side. Full of artsy and intelligent types, MH has its own vibe and unspoken law.Our story centers on the Braithwaite family, headed by Charles and Anne. Charles is an opera singer, and Anne is a stay-at-home mother of three. There is always music in their home, despite their financial circumstances. You see, being musical doe [...]

    9. I have to admit that I had to put this book down when I started reading it 2 months ago. I hit chapter 8 and realized I just couldn't get into it. The characters seemed like a group of boring, middle class whiners. YawnThen I picked it up again last week and I started from the beginning. I truly enjoyed it this time and I had a hard time putting it down every day. The characters are a talented group yet I could sympathize with the neuroses of each and every one. It was so easy to understand thei [...]

    10. This novel tells the story of a young family living in Morningside Heights (aka Columbia University's neighborhood) in Manhattan and their friends, as they take on issues like child rearing, romance, money issues, social hierarchies, etc.Um, can we say Jane Austin copy cat? I'll admit my bias, yes, I fail as a girl because I don't like Jane Austin. But what I can tolerate as the backdrop of her stories really doesn't make sense to me in this 1999 setting this outlook is so anachronistic today! T [...]

    11. This might have been a case of the right book at the right time. I've been racing through some great, page-turny YA books, and enjoying them a lot, but it was nice to slow right down. It was easy to put this book down, and easy to pick it back up. It offered a lovely, loving portrait of life in Morningside Heights in the late 90s, and some wonderful character studies. The plot isn't much, and concerns money and love. The resolution in both cases seemed to me ludicrously optimistic, but I enjoyed [...]

    12. The first in a trilogy set in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. The story follows the life of a family struggling to keep up with the rising costs of the city while caring for their family. Mendelson reminds me of a modern Austen and her story contains those timeless elements: love, music, literature and even includes a priest. Her writing is wonderful and her characters rich and delightful. I loved all three books in this series and highly recommend them!NOTE: Just read the boo [...]

    13. This could have been set in Morningside Heights ten years ago, now, or ten years from now that part was fun. The depth of all the characters' musings and talkings and thinkingswas a bit much at times-the author likes to write and usually writes nonfiction I guess and that showed, but overall I liked it. a bit slow to get into, but picked up and then had a bit of a quick coming together at the end, but not rushed too much.I'll probably read the other two after it, but need a break.

    14. I didn't really understand the point. It wasn't at all inspirational, nor did it teach me a lesson of any kind unless of course the lesson was to be thankful I'm not a 40 something depressed, single socialite living in New York. There were a couple of different plots going on, none of which interested me terribly to the point that I had to finish just one more page before going to bed. I must admit, it was more of an obligatory read because I paid close to full price for it.

    15. I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes novels can be hard to get into, but her character development was very interesting from the beginning so I found myself hooked from page 1. Although the ending may have been a little bit weak (spoiler alert: all the bad people get what's coming to them and all the good people get married!), it was still a pretty satisfying ending and a good read.

    16. Mendelson's fiction is 20th century Anthony Trollope, meaning that it follows multiple characters, their interactions and personal motivations. I don't know how Cheryl Mendelson manages this degree of insight into such a wide variety of individual psyches, but it certainly works!

    17. This is my favorite new author. Interesting and insightful descritpion of ordinary lives in middle class new york city. Delightful. Unfortunately, she is a bit too tidy at the end. I think it would be a much bigger book if everything did not turn out so well.

    18. I thoroughly enjoyed and identified with this study of creative/intellectual middle-class life set in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan of 1999, just as this lifestyle was beginning to disappear, taken over by the millions and minions of the newly rich, who pushed much of the middle class out of the city and made it far more difficult to afford than ever before.In the late 70's and into the early 80's, when I arrived in the city, it was still possible to start a life find a relat [...]

    19. It's been a while since I found a book worth reading over, that is, immediately after having turned the last page. This one fits that description and I look forward to making new connections. The characters are sophisticated, complex, conflicted, likable, and unlikeable all at once and the ties between all of them are just as twisted and intriguing. Furthermore, it really puts the current ludicrous housing market of cities into perspective, leaving you with hope and of course, despair.

    20. In my several visits to Manhattan, I have not yet explored Morningside Heights. I was happy to read about a few of the educated, talented people who live in the backyard of Columbia University. I loved how they loved being urbanites. They were complicated people, but this book was not. While the characters were interesting there was absolutely nothing surprising in how their conflicts were resolved. Still, I enjoyed this look into their lives.

    21. I can only rate this as a 3 star novel and no more. The 3 stars are for readability, the author's writing is not awful and the story was not really bad. It just was not great and I found myself working through parts that bordered on bland. The characters bordered on pretentious, almost snobby and I did not really like any of them. The author evidently lives in the neighborhood which is the setting for this book, but I have to say I hope the real characters there are not quite as boring or as pre [...]

    22. "The busy, intersecting lives of a group of Manhattanites living in the staid but rapidly changing Upper West Side neighborhood of Morningside Heights near Columbia University are the focus of this talky, occasionally stilted debut novel by Mendelson (Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House). Opera singer Charles Braithwaite; his wife, Anne, a pianist; and their three (soon to be four) children are the novel's ostensible protagonists. The book's real hero, however, is their beloved n [...]

    23. I think I finally get what I don't like about this author. She is an interesting blend - clearly smart and articulate, yet her fiction is dry and almost mathematical in its exactness and presentation - hard to really explain, but it's as though she is really a non fiction writer or a scientist trying her hand at a novel because hey, writing is writing. This is the first in a trilogy about Morningside Heights and the issues its denizens face which is a little interesting, and in truth the ensuing [...]

    24. This novel for me displayed an alternate type of lifestyle I was not accustomed to experiencing through friends, neighbors or family.I marveled at the choices Ann and Charles made with regards to their children's education and lifestyle with the encouragement in the art of music for the eldest. Their desire to continue on with the first child's success and progress in music was nonsensical when faced with inability to pay their bills, stay in an apartment certainly beyond their machinations. Why [...]

    25. This got four stars from me, the extra one being because I just miss that neighborhood so much and was glad to see it as a skillfully drawn additional character in the book. Someone else made the comparison to Jane Austen, and I think that's apt. The main characters are a particular brand of genteel, impoverished intelligensia that certainly rang true for me, being of that world. Which made it both enjoyable and stifling. I found myself wondering, at times, why I was spending time with these ent [...]

    26. This was a good family story of artists in a New York neighborhood in the late 1990s. It is really a story of a good marriage as well as the up and down romances of their friends. There is a wonderful sense of community, threatened when the Braithwaite family is forced to move due to their economic situation. Extensive vocabulary requiring lots of googling, which I love to do as I read."But Charles, too, adored his children and begrudged them nothing. He had been taken unawares of the enchantmen [...]

    27. Disappointing. The author's way of describing anything is to string together a bunch of seeming contradictions, or back into a description with a bunch of negations, and as a result, I could never quite picture anything. Maybe I am not familiar enough with New York, but I think a good book should make you feel as if you know somewhere you have never even been. Plus this book, I thought, was always touted as a bit of an intellectual or cultural feast with its tight-knit, high-reaching community. [...]

    28. Having never visited Morningside Heights, much less lived there, the setting of the book held no true appeal for me. Mendelson does a nice job of presenting a wide range of characters, but I found them to be relatively shallow overall. Plot-wise, the only complaint I have was that the conclusion filled all the holes a little too tidily. Otherwise, I enjoyed it entirely. Not a page-turner by any means, but an intriguing novel nonetheless.

    29. I have a hard time knowing what I think about this novel.I really believe that I was raised to have the same values as these characters, and yet I often could not fathom their attitudes, particularly Anne's. Consequently, I spent most of the novel feeling off-kilter and a bit bewildered.Still, I enjoyed the writing and the neighborhood-as-a-character.I'm going to read at least the next novel in this "trilogy".

    30. A book about a very specific community: the over-intellectual and artistic enclave of Morningside Heights in Manhattan. It captures the segregation of the neighborhood and the new gentrification. I like the characters although you could see the big twist in the plot from a mile away. Sometimes I think this writer tries to cover too much ground in her books- morality, philosphy, religion, family, marriage- but I like that she writes about a place that is very familar to her.

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