Author Brooks' New Release, "Songs to New York," called "A Fantasy Chicken Soup for the New Yorker's Soul"*

"Reminding you why you love being a New Yorker or leaving you wishing you were."
-Mary Ellen Bramwell, Author of "The Apple of My Eye."
By: Author Myrtle Brooks
Songs to New York Bookcover
Songs to New York Bookcover
NEW YORK - Nov. 16, 2017 - PRLog -- "The Upper West Side had a spirit all her own, a benevolent, mysterious woman who spoke little, but who smiled in welcome greeting each time he visited her; whose distinct perfume lingered long after his departure.
"But, as one-by-one the years advanced, and with them the unrelenting increase of crime and urban neglect, the perfume faded from Timothy's conscious memory…
"… Then, in the middle of the third year, the dreams began.
"They were barely noticeable at first. Timothy brushed them off with a: 'Can you believe, last night, I actually dreamed…' Oftentimes they were fragmented; brief glimpses through a frosted pane of glass melted in one tiny place. But as they recurred in the early morning hours, their impression lingered more and more, like perfume scarcely acknowledged until compounded by the wearer's frequency."          -Chapter 4, The Bar.

Author Myrtle Brooks' love affair with the Big Apple is depicted in ten short stories about extraordinary events in the lives of everyday New Yorkers. "The Sanctity of the Mails:" observed in Heaven via the Brooklyn Post Office. A Staten Island-raised engineer who escapes city living, only to find the city within himself. A mysterious floor in a Queens apartment building reachable through attainment alone.

Gerry Sammon, author of Wolf Boy and The Royle Deception writes: "(The stories) tend to have a family theme, New Yorkers going about their daily business, but then there is always a twist, mostly a subtle one, sometimes not, that gives the reader a jolt, that 'I never expected that' emotion at the end of each story. Myrtle Brooks imbues the city with its own supernatural identity, bringing the city itself alive; in many ways New York itself becomes a living entity, drawing its citizens into its unique milieu. Is this the way New Yorkers feel about their great city, or is it perhaps – the personification of the city itself? That's something the reader must decide, and something only Myrtle knows."

*(Title quote by Allen Long, Author of Less than Human: A Memoir.)

Publisher: Black Rose Writing (

Book Catalogue: BRW Books (

ISBN: 978-1-61296-454-6

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Binding: Perfect Bound


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Retail Price: $16.95

Release Date: November 16, 2017

Author Myrtle Brooks

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