City Readers Digital Historic Collections at the New York Society Library
Time and Again
Time and Again
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1970
Jack Finney captures the ambiance of different neighbor- hoods very well, and it is even illustrated! It’s a great story and has become a classic. (I’ll bet you get more than a few votes for this book.)*
An interesting sidelight: the drawing of Julia inside the book is actually an early portrait of the publisher’s wife (Mrs. Peter Schwed).
Maria A. Dering (member)
*We certainly did. Other members and staff who suggested Time and Again were Rob Ackerman, Gloria Altherr, Harris Herman, Sarah G. Kagan, Stephanie Merchant, Kathy Miller, Joseph Russo, Susan L. Schlechter, Sally Svenson and Sheila Walpin. Here is a sampling.
Our family rereads Time and Again at least once a year. The story, taking one through a historical, architectural and social tour of the gilded age, coupled with the evocative photos from the Bettmann Archives, is delightful travel.
Gloria Altherr (member)
The protagonist goes back to the New York City of 1882 and lives there for a short time to help solve a mystery.
Harris Herman (member)
A time-travel adventure set around New York City in the 1970s and the 1880s, Time
and Again blends science fiction with a mystery in both the past and the present. It also features beautiful illustrations and descriptions of New York City in the Gilded Age.
Stephanie Merchant (Circulation Assistant)
If you’re looking for a good read that is both down-to-earth and magical, nostalgic and futuristic, historical and romantic all at the same time, Time and Again is a fun ride you would enjoy. A reading requirement for anyone living in or at least appreciating New York City and the adventurous ways it inspires.
Joseph Russo (Systems Assistant)
Way before the glut of time-travel books became popular, this well-written book existed. About buildings and places we can all still see. Evocative, mysterious, poignant. About the vagaries of chance and history.
Susan L. Schlechter (member)
Whenever I hear the clip-clip of horses leading carriages through Central Park, I think of this particular New York.
Sally Svenson (member)
A marvelous read that takes one back and forth in time from the present to
New York in the 1880s.
Sheila Walpin (member)
Also suggested by Rob Ackerman, Sarah G. Kagan and Kathy Miller, (members).