2 new books take place on the Upper West Side


We’ve learned that two new books — like many that have come before them — are set right here on the Upper West Side.

Novelist Seth Kaufman’s latest book, published June 7, is titled Seductive lady Vanessa from Manhattanshire.

“It’s a Don Quixote tale set on the Upper West Side, where the titular hero (who lives on West End Ave) goes in search of a nail salon selling aphrodisiac polishes and takes a studio of pilates for a devil worship space dedicated to Pontus Pilate,” Seth says. “She also goes on a manhunting excursion to the East Side and stops along the way at the Alice in Wonderland statue to seek a portal to hell to rescue a broken-hearted youth.”

The book was published by Post Hill Press and is distributed by Simon & Schuster.

Kaufman’s first book, The king of painwas hailed as “one of the most enjoyable novels of 2012” by The New York Times.

Seductive lady Vanessa from Manhattanshire can be bought here.

mother of all secrets book

Kathleen Willettthe first novel by mother of all secrets – will be released on August 1.

This thriller is about “a group of new Upper West Side moms in which one of the moms disappears and things unfold from there,” Kathleen tells us.

Willet included many of his favorite UWS spots in the book: Kirsh Bakery & Kitchen, Viand, PlantShed, Milling Room, Vin Sur Vingt and Riverside Park, to name a few.

The book can be purchased at Amazon and will also be shown at Shakespeare and Co at 2020 Broadway, between 69th and 70th streets.

Kathleen lives on the Upper West Side with her husband, two young daughters and a cat named Mr. Sparkles.

In 2018, a book titled Happy as Larry: A New York story of cults, crushes and quaaludes has been published. Author Kaethe Cherney takes readers into the world of the Sullivanians, an infamous Upper West Side sex cult that existed from the late 1950s to the early 1990s.

We have just learned that there is also a documentary on the group. It debuted in 2020…but that’s new to us.

through a blue window

Through a blue window is an artist Shelley Feinermannthe first movie of. Feinerman joined the group in 1973 and left five years later. “It’s my story, but it starts with my mother and hers before her. It is an untold story that has touched hundreds of people. Forty years later, it’s a story that needs to be told,” she wrote.

The film was an Official Selection of New FilmMakers NY 2020 and a winner of the Spotlight Documentary Bronze Award for Artistic Merit.

Full movie can be see it in full here. Here is a trailer:

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