Subway Book Review is the Instagram that combines Humans of New York with book recommendations.

Subway Book Review is the Instagram that combines Humans of New York with book recommendations.
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You shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but you can learn a lot about a person based on what they're reading. Uli Beutter Cohen, a German photographer and mental health worker, is the creator of Subway Book Review, which combines the juicy personal anecdotes of Humans of New York with practical book recommendations. 

Caroline Zancan, author of Local Girls, is reading Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. Caroline: "I'm reading 'Fates and Furies' along with everyone else in New York. The story is about a marriage, told from two perspectives: the wife and the husband. Every time I flip a page I expect to be surprised, but it always exceeds my expectations. The story grows bigger and bigger with each reveal and has me totally captivated. There's a line on the back cover I really like: 'the key to a great marriage is not in its truths, but in its secrets.' Probably the best piece of advice I got as a writer is that the reader is reading to find something out. I knew early on when I started to write about a movie star dying of a drug overdose, that I wasn't going to answer the obvious question about it in 'Local Girls'. Instead I wrote a story about the group of girls who meet the movie star the last night he's alive and what happens in their lives. I'm fascinated by the struggle that comes with being in your twenties and what role female relationships play, especially during that time. I feel that in your twenties, you're scrambling to figure things out. In your thirties, you're a little more on your way. But life surprises us all the time. I'm sure I have few surprises waiting for me." @carolinezancan82 #localgirls #fateandfuries #laurengroff #carolinezancan #novel #marriage #friendship #secret #twenties #thirties #surprise #bookreview #author #newyork #brooklyn #subwaybookreview

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When Cohen made the move to NYC, she was fascinated by the New York subway and its "unspoken code of conduct." She tells the Guardian: "You have this image of New Yorkers – so chatty, and curious, and I thought: ‘It can’t be that I’m standing in front of all these people and not talking to them.'" She started using books as a way to start conversations, and was amazed by "how much of people’s lives is connected to the books they’re reading."

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Subway Book Review is the Instagram and Tumblr that is both the reason for and outcome of these conversations. 

 

 

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Hey! It's SNL's Sasheer Zamata! 

 

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