Top 10 Books on Philadelphia

 

Philadelphia situated in Pennsylvania is not just Pennsylvania’s largest city but also a city rich in history which is on display at the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and American Revolutionary sites. It is the sixth most populous city of United States and also the cultural and economic anchor of Delaware Valley, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers.

The city was found by and English Quaker, William Penn in 1682 as the capital of the Pennsylvania colony. It’s area’s many universities make it a top education and economic hub that is evolving in reality on the grounds and also on the pages.

 

2 a.m. at the cat’s pajamas

The book written by Bertino captures the magic of Christmas in Philadelphia with the magical-realism and childlike wonder of Madeleine Altimari. There are trees, Christmas and magic all around.

Read it For:
There’s nothing like Christmas in Philadelphia.
Don't Read it For:
Some readers might find the content childish.
What makes this book stand out?:
You can literally feel the spirit of Christmas in Philadelphia take over you.

Love Walked In

As much of Philadelphia lies in its coffee shops, you cannot find it anywhere else, what better than a love story in the coffee shops of Philadelphia

Read it For:
It would be a rollercoaster ride for those fans of romantic genre.
Don't Read it For:
For those who do not like romantic genre can skip this book
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is set in Philadelphia’s heart their coffee shops and carries its spirit in it.

In her Shoes

The two sisters share nothing in common except for their DNA and shoe size, but little did they know that there is more to their story as they realize that they share the same boyfriend and disturbingly same childhood traumas.

Read it For:
The book is about the rivalry of siblings who are bound by a bond of blood.
Don't Read it For:
The book has an upsurge of emotions which might shake you well.
What makes this book stand out?:
Nothing captures the spirit of Philadelphia better than this book.

The Silver Linings Playbook

This book deals with a taboo topic of our times, mental illness. Both the leading characters are different in their own way and they accept each other as they are also helping each other recover.

Read it For:
The way the book assimilates Philadelphia’s love for the Eagles.
Don't Read it For:
The topic of mental illness is sensitive and requires self-discretion.
What makes this book stand out?:
The film made on this novel has won the Oscars.
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Third and Indiana

This novel is essentially about adult relationships, there are several characters that are all connected to the 14 year old Gabriel Santoro.

Read it For:
The plot is mature and complex.
Don't Read it For:
Gangs and adult relationships, this book has too much content that the young readers might have to wait to develop an understanding for.
What makes this book stand out?:
The way in which the different themes are brought together is exemplary.

Plum Bun: A Novel Without a Moral

The novel is about a light skinned African American girl who can pass as a white but is in search of something else, an identity for her soul.

Read it For:
The novel addresses the topic of racism very maturely.
Don't Read it For:
The content of the book is quite upfront and harsh.
What makes this book stand out?:
This is a classic Bildungsroman novel and is credited as a massively important contribution to the Harlem Renaissance movement due to its powerful criticism of racism, sexism and capitalism.

Birdy

Al and Birdy are two boyhood friends who have different dreams and aspirations. Time tests their friendship but they stand together tall. After the Second World War where Birdy is disturbed by what he saw in the war, Al tries to help his friend making it a popular book on Philadelphia.

Read it For:
The book highlights the horrors of war, the bond of friendship as well as forcing the reader to view mental illness from a new perspective.
Don't Read it For:
The book deals with the topic of war in a negative way which might disturb some.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Oreo

Oreo, the protagonist is born of mixed parents; mother who is black and a Jewish father who separate when she is two. She goes on the search of her father who she has never known.

Read it For:
This personal journey makes Oreo break taboos about race, identity, gender and culture.
Don't Read it For:
The book has dark humour which might not suit all.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is far ahead of its time and revolutionary in nature.

Philadelphia’s Fire

The book is inspired by the 1985 bombing done by the police of  a row of Afrocentric cult known as MOVE who had murdered 11 people and put 60 houses on fire.

Read it For:
The story is very powerful and set to move you.
Don't Read it For:
There is blood, crime and cult gangs in the book, which might be too much for few to take.
What makes this book stand out?:
the book reels through the racial tension of the city and parallels urban decay with spiritual decay.

The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists

This book as the title tells you talks about the one thing this town is obsessed with that is Sports.

Read it For:
This will tell you all about the sports fever this city has been chronically infected with
Don't Read it For:
Non Sports enthusiasts will not like the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
Nothing suits best in this list than this book because this is the most popular book on Philadelphia as well as in Philadelphia.

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