Adam Gopnik Books

Best known for his contributions in The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik is an American writer and essayist who writes in the fiction, non-fiction, memoir and criticism genres. He was born in Philadelphia in 1956 but then his family moved to Montreal where he spent most of his childhood and early adult life. Gopnik studied art history. He attended Dawson College and then McGill where he graduated with a B. A. While still a student, he was a regular contributor for The McGill Daily. He later attended New York University Institute of Fine Arts where he completed his graduate work. He currently lives in New York together with his family.

Order of Adam Gopnik Standalone Novels

Order of Best American Essays

# Read Title Published
1 The Best American Essays 2008 2008
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Since his college years, Gopnik developed an amazing ability to intertwine his interest in history and his passion for writing in a seamless manner. In fact, one of his first works was a piece on the link between art and religion and the compatibility of Christianity and Darwinism. Since then, he has written multiple bestselling books, tens of essays and many more book introductions. Perhaps his biggest career accomplishment is his long-term professional association with The New Yorker (since 1986). However, he still entertains his fans with books and novels of various genres.

Adam Gopnik Awards:

Adam Gopnik has won the National Magazine Award three times. He has also won George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting and is a gold medalist for the Canadian National Magazine Award. In 2013, the French Republic awarded him the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters and McGill University honored him with a honoris causa. Apart from major awards, Gopnik’s work has been acknowledged and acclaimed globally. His book “Paris to the Moon” was a bestseller that cemented his reputation as an accomplished writer. His writings and books have been anthologized in “Best American Food Writing,” “Best American Travel Writing,” “Best American Essays” and many other categories several times. His writings are featured in a number of historical books such as the Encyclopædia Britannica.

Adam Gopnik Books into Movies:

Despite the fact that none of his novels has been made into a film, Adam Gopnik has helped in developing writings for two documentaries and has been featured in a biography. He wrote and presented “Lighting Up New York” (2006). The documentary explores the good and evil sides of New York from a historical perspective. His other documentary “Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies” (2008) provides insight on how early filmmaking influenced iconic painters Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. Gopnik also appears in the biography “Looking for Lincoln” (2009) alongside other high-profile cast members like Lerone Bennett, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton among others.

Best Adam Gopnik Books:

Out of all his works, Adam Gopnik’s first two books are the most loved by his audience perhaps because the first is an account of real life experiences while the second is a children’s fictional novel. The two are:

Paris to the Moon: in 1995, The New Yorker sent Gopnik to Paris to write the “Paris Journals”. Upon his return to New York in 2000, the essays were collected and published as a book titled “Paris to the Moon”. In the book that became an instant bestseller, Gopnik describes life in the French city of Paris. He takes a funny but factual look at the similarities and differences between America and France. He describes how America’s popular culture like TV programming affects the French and how France differs from America in certain aspects like sports. The book was an instant hit because of the way he focused on his wife Martha and their son Luke who was an infant at the time.

The King in the Window: this book was first published in 2005 and is Gopnik’s second after Paris to the Moon. Although it is a children’s novel, some parts of it narrate a story that Gopnik and his family understand all so well out of their experiences in France. The plot revolves around Oliver Parker, an American ten-year-old boy who is trapped in Paris because his journalist father is stationed there. Oliver is visited by a vision of another boy in a mirror reflection. When the boy mistakes him for the new king, he soon finds himself in an ancient war between the malicious Master of Mirrors and Window Wraiths. Fortunately, he has help from other powerful companions like Charlie who is visiting from America.