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If the contents of a bookshelf say a lot about their owner, it follows that any selection of New York books on the city’s many shelves will say as much about their respective New Yorkers. Sure, all denizens may have curated their collections to cover the bases in case parents or pals judge their taste in literature, but what about scoring points with a local in urban development or a native who pines for the grit of the ’70s? Here, Time Out New York does the work for you; what follow are nine culturally enlightened New York books, bound to earn you cred from city dwellers from all walks of life.