I heart New York. It's the city of my birth, and the city of my granddaughters, and my husband Ted and I both have deep ties there. So it's especially pleasing to see the city through a different lens. In Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City, illustrator Julia Wertz offers a comic-style black-and-white view of all of the nooks and crannies of New York City. My favorite pages show street views from different time periods: how the markets, shops, music venues, and apartments have changed over the decades. This is a book you'll want to stroll through at a leisurely pace, maybe while nibbling on a bag of roasted chestnuts or sipping an egg cream.