Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Genres:  Non-fiction, Photography
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: October 13th 2015

5 OUT OF 5 STARS

“The great thing about New York is that if you sit in one place long enough, the whole world comes to you.”

Based on the famous blog of the same name, Humans of New York: Stories is a collection of photography and quotes from random strangers met on the streets of New York.

Sonder: n. The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. (x)

This book is beautiful. The photographs are stunning, colourful and haunting. The stories even more so. Small snippets of strangers lives that in a few sentences make them feel more complex than many fictional characters feel in hundreds of pages.

Instead of tossing the book together haphazardly (as blogs sometimes do) there is a fantastic sense of flow. Similar stories flow into others and some of the most beautiful juxtaposition I’ve ever seen.  Believers next to non-believers. People full of happiness and hope next to people who have feel entirely lost. New love next to old love next to love that has faded away.

The stories show similarities between people you never would have imagined. Single sentences can break your heart or make you smile. It can be guaranteed that at least once you will see some small part of yourself in a story in this book. It seems impossible that a sentence or a paragraph can tell you so much about someone, but they can.

A positively magnificent read that will make you feel a vast array of emotions, and most of all remind you that as a human you are never entirely alone.

BUY THE BOOK

Read this if you’re a fan of:  My Secret: A PostSecret Book

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