“Julia Wertz has become a cult favorite for her graphic memoirs. Her new book is a departure, focusing on her great love, New York.”
Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.
“This book is an epic achievement in comics. Wertz has drawn dozens of New York streetscapes, past and present, in meticulous detail, presenting them in an oversized tome of 300+ pages.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
In Julia Wertz’s novel called Tenements, Towers & Trash, you will see a side of New York City that you have never seen before in artfully displayed illustrations. This is not the side of New York City that tourists usually see, although the Statue of Liberty and Empire State building certainly make an appearance.
No, this novel brings you into the underbelly of the city that never sleeps. In Julia’s signature style, she depicts to us with streetscapes with the piece called “Then and Now”, little known tales such as the lost history of Kim’s Video, the complicated and unsolved matter of Ray’s Pizza, the Vintage Trash and horse bones that litter the shores of Brooklyn’s Bottle Beach, the ludicrous pinball prohibition, Staten Island’s secret abandoned boatyard and the appalling legend of the infamous abortionist of fifth Avenue Madame Restell.
Tenements, Towers & Trash take us on a wild ride in a time machine taxi from the present day city to bygone days. We see it all, from bars, bakeries, bookshops, food carts, street cleaners and cramped apartments.
Tenements Towers & Trash is a New York Times notable book of 2017.
The New York Times has this to say about it, “A passionate anatomy of the city, a book of dramatic streetscapes and hidden histories – mostly of infamous women, like the 19th-century celebrity abortionist Madame Restell, who catered to socialites and built her Fifth Avenue mansion a block away from a Catholic church, supposedly to taunt the faithful….The city rises majestically in these pages. The crowded panels evoke the jostle of urban life. Your eye doesn’t know where to settle; there’s so much to absorb.”