Picking a couple people/pages every few days, I slow-read this book over the course of a year. I loved reading about what people are reading and what life perspectives brought them to their book of choosing. This is truly a booklover's book.
From the acclaimed creator of Subway Book Review, Between the Lines gloriously takes to the underground and showcases in over 170 interviews what moves us forward—a thrilling ride as unexpected as New York City itself.
“Subway Book Review has changed how we look at books.” —Forbes “[Beutter Cohen’s] rosy view of the subway is a refreshing contrast.” —The Cut, New York magazine “Subway Book Review is one of the few purely good things on the internet.” —Esquire
For the better part of a decade, Uli Beutter Cohen rode the subway through New York City’s underground to observe society through the lens of our most creative thinkers: the readers of books. Between the Lines is a timely collection of beloved and never-before-published stories that reflect who we are and where we are going. In over 170 interviews, Uli shares nuanced insights into our collective psyche and gives us an invaluable document of our challenges and our potential. Complete with original photography, and countless intriguing book recommendations, Between the Lines is an enthusiastic celebration of the ways stories invite us into each other’s lives, and a call to action for imagining a bold, empathetic future together.
Meet Yahdon, who reads Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem and talks about the power of symbols in fashion. Diana shares how Orlando shaped her journey as a trans woman. Saima reads They Say, I Say and speaks about the power of her hijab. Notable New Yorkers open up about their lives and reading habits, including photographer Jamel Shabazz, filmmaker Katja Blichfeld, painter Devon Rodriguez, comedian Aparna Nancherla, fashion editor Lynn Yaeger, playwright Jeremy O. Harris, fashion designer and TV personality Leah McSweeney, designer Waris Ahluwalia, artist Debbie Millman, activist Amani al-Khatahtbeh, and esteemed authors such as Jia Tolentino, Roxane Gay, Ashley C. Ford, Eileen Myles, Min Jin Lee, and many more.
About the Author
Uli Beutter Cohen is a New York City–based documentarian, artist, and the creator of Subway Book Review. She explores belonging to a time and place through writing and photography. Uli is a sought-after speaker and panelist. Her work has been featured in print, on TV, and online by New York magazine; Esquire; Vogue; Forbes;O, The Oprah Magazine; Glamour; the BBC; and The Guardian, among others. Between the Lines: Stories from the Underground is her first book. Uli lives in Brooklyn. Visit @TheUBC, @SubwayBookReview, and SubwayBookReview.co to hear more.
PRAISE FOR BETWEEN THE LINES BY ULI BEUTTER COHEN
"After these past eighteen months of isolation and despair, the radical connectivity of Between the Lines arrives like manna from heaven...These heartfelt conversations remind us that even in our most solitary activities, we’re never truly alone."—ESQUIRE
“Beutter Cohen, creator of the Subway Book Review, goes underground to New York’s subway system in this rich collection of interviews. With a genuine curiosity for the city’s wealth of perspectives, Beutter Cohen’s interviews show how deep a person’s connection to a book can go…Literature lovers will relish this insightful compendium.”—PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY (STARRED REVIEW)
“Delightful encounters with passionate readers.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS
PRAISE FOR SUBWAY BOOK REVIEW
“Subway Book Review has changed how we look at books.”—Forbes
“[Beutter Cohen’s] rosy view of the subway is a refreshing contrast.”—The Cut, New York magazine
“Subway Book Review is one of the few purely good things on the internet.”—Esquire