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Browsing the Greenwich Hotel's Bookshelves

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July 21, 2009 at 1:29 PM | by | ()

Wanna read like Bobby De Niro? The hotelier-actor has said that the comfy posh décor of his Greenwich Hotel reflects how he’d like to “do” his own house.

We’d quite like to follow suit, but until our budgets match Bobby’s we’re going to start with what’s on his bookshelves. To replicate that hip Greenwich library feel at home, we secured this shopping list and example of what you’ll find in this luxury hotel where rooms start at $525 a night.

Cecily Brown: A book of the British "it" painter’s work from Rizzoli.

Underworld: One of the great postmodern novels, by Don DeLillo.

The Haunted Looking Glass: Spooky dude Edward Gore’s anthology of ghoulish stories by Dickens, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson and co. Complete with macabre illustrations.

Israel Through My Lens: Is there anything quite so cool as a photojournalist? Hoteliers love ’em. This book is the result of Rubinger Corman’s 60 years as a globetrotting snapper.

The Book of Calamities: In which author Peter Trachtenberg tackles “Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning.”

Bauhaus: Fancy art book from Assouline.

Fuzz One: A Bronx Childhood: Vincent Fedorchak’s true story of growing up “unsupervised” in the Bronx of the 1970s.

Sleepwalker in a Fog: Eight Chekhovian stories by Tatyana Tolstay. In other words, Russian. Bleak.

Jasmine Street 1950s pulp romance novel by Clifford Dowdey. Cool cover.

Ficciones: The Greenwich has a rare first-edition hardcover of this baby but we’re not sure we really want to splurge when Amazon says reading Jorge Luis Borges is “akin to having the top of one’s head removed for repairs.”

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