Read Around the World: Buffalo

Around the World: Buffalo cover

There is a sad sad lack of books written about or set in Buffalo.  Hey, we are cool!


Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler cover

Bittersweet
by Sarah Ockler 

 

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Series: no
Published: January 3rd 2012
Rating: Full review of Bittersweet

“Would 'sorry' have made any difference? Does it ever? It's just a word. One word against a thousand actions.” 

City of Light by Lauren Belfer cover

City of Light
by Lauren Belfer 

 

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Series: no
Published: 1999
Rating: home sweet home

“In those days, Buffalo was flush in an era of extraordinary economic prosperity and civic optimism. The city had become the most important inland port in America because of its pivotal location at the eastern end of the Great Lakes. Indeed, at the turn of our century, Buffalo had taken its place among the great cities of the United States.” 

The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates cover

The Falls
by Joyce Carol Oates

 

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Series: no
Published: 2004

“What puzzled me was why I seemed to be so troubled by all these irregularities and exceptions to major rules while others blithely marched ahead.” 

City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York, 1900 - Present by Mark Goldman cover

City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York, 1900 - Present
by Mark Goldman

 

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Series: no
Published: March 20th 2007
Rating: Probably outdated as the last five years have seen some heavy development in Buffalo.  Finally.

"I was becoming increasingly frustrated and disappointed by public officials who, distracted by the lure of big-money, money, "silver-bullet" projects, failed to recognize the incredible power that local people working on small, local projects can have on the life of a community. But despite the shortsighted leadership of local politicians, we have lost neither our faith in ourselves nor our faith in our community. We remain committed to doing the work that we know will heal and renew this city that we love."


High Hopes: The Rise and Decline of Buffalo, New York by Mark Goldman cover

High Hopes: The Rise and Decline of Buffalo, New York
by Mark Goldman

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Series: no
Published: 1983)
Rating:


City on the Lake by Mark Goldman cover

City on the Lake
by Mark Goldman

 

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Series: no
Published: June 1st 1990
Rating: Apparently, only one man write about Buffalo

"The 1970s were a difficult time for Buffalo. Everything was unraveling, particularly for those of us who lived here...There was a blizzard too, the worst in history... Struck by a barrage of steady blows, those who could left. By the tens of thousands they moved away, from the streets and neighborhoods, from the city, from the region, now commonly and condescendingly referred to as the "Rust Belt."

Power Failure: Politics, Patronage, and the Economic Future of Buffalo, New York by Diana Dillaway cover

Power Failure: Politics, Patronage, and the Economic Future of Buffalo, New York
by Diana Dillaway

 

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Series: no
Published: April 4th 2006

"Effective leaders bring people together around a common cause or problem, listen to opposing points of view, and seek consensus whenever possible. Leadership takes courage and a willingness to risk change."


Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology by Jody K. Biehl cover

Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology
by Jody K. Biehl

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Series: no
Published: December 1st 2016

"Buffalo’s secret is that it’s secretly great. Not for everyone, of course, and not across racial divides, and sometimes, literally, as many authors point out, not east of Main Street."

Has anyone found any other books?  I had a terrible time filling this list up!

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