Borrowing a title from Dickens and wealth-gap statistics not too far off from Victorian London, the anthology Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York (OR Books) gathers stories and essays from Zadie Smith, Junot Díaz, and Lydia Davis, among others, depicting life on both sides of the coin—where the top one percent earn a minimum of $500,000 a year, while 22,000 children remain homeless.

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