Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann

Even though I’m not familiar with most of the buildings in New York City, Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann was still a book that I could enjoy.

Amanda has a vintage clothing store and she loves connections to the past. Not the cheesy 70’s & 80’s past, in her opinion, but the REAL past, like 1900s, 1920s, etc. (My uncle just yelled at me in the comments, so let me clarify: THE CLOTHING of the 70’s and 80’s is cheesy, it’s Amanda’s opinion, and I can say that because I lived through more than half of the 80s and have the photos of me in awful clothes to prove it).  As she is struggling with a bad economy and a relationship that has nowhere to go, Amanda stumbles upon the 100-year-old diary of Olive, a NYC transplant from the suburbs.

As Amanda reads Olive’s diary, she realizes that she has the power to make some necessary changes in her life. At the same time, Amanda discovers that many of the NYC locations she frequents have connections to Olive’s past.

This story is told from both Amanda and Olive’s perspectives, which is something that I always love, especially when done well!

Astor Place Vintage is a light, enjoyable read about two connected women 100 years apart, and one I highly recommend, whether you’re familiar with NYC or not.

Thank you to my friend @ Touchstone Books for this copy of one of her new favorites!

This book takes place in NYC – have you been?


Interested in getting your own copy? Check it out on Amazon & IndieBound. I get a small percentage if you purchase from those links, and it doesn’t cost you any extra.


30 thoughts on “Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann

  1. Hey, don’t disrespect the 70s and 80s as being cheesy until you lived through it.

    Great music (Beatles), art (Andy Warhol, Peter Max), and fashion (Calvin Klein).

    Great social change Vietnam Protests, Women’s and Civil Rights legislation.

    Not cool man!

    Peace. Unk P


  2. I have the pics to prove it-they were cheesy-and the wonderful power of the polaroid doesn’t make them look any better than they were. Great review- looks like an interesting


  3. Having just spent a little time in NYC, I am interested in this book. I don’t know individual buildings, but got a good feel of neighborhoods and directions. Llove novels with connections to the past.

    The clothes I wore in the ’70s can be purchased at any mall in America now. They are still for teens, though. 🙂


  4. OMG! Another book to add to the pile of must-reads! This one sounds like fun, so I’m thinking it will be perfect for the summer 🙂 And, I totally agree with you about the cheese factor of the clothes from the 70s and 80s – mega cheesy!! LOL!


    • Same here! I was a little wary, but I know someone who works at Touchstone books who said it was one of her new favs, so I thought, let’s try it! I love the diary aspect, and being able to get to know Olive.


    • Inside the book there are a few vintage NYC photos, too, which is something I enjoyed looking at. Like with horses and carriages (but not like the ones in Central Park or that have policemen on them!)


    • It is. Zero 80’s fashion. But also zero 80’s music. Although, in between chapters you are welcome to call 867-5309, unless you are shot through the heart and you’re to blame or you decide to take me home tonight.

      Ok I’m done with putting 80s songs into this comment. 🙂


    • Same here! I was born in the 80s, so while I did wear some 80s gear (like the fabulous jean skirt with splattered paint on it) at least I got over that at some point! Now it’s all back in style. But I keep wondering “WHY???”


  5. Clothing from the 70’s and 80’s was SO CHEESY. Aaaaand it’s weird and sad that a lot of it is making a comeback.

    It sounds like a cute story though! I like those girl-connects-with-diary type of books. Sarah Jio is good at that kind of story too.


    • So sad! Last time I went into Forever 21, I walked immediately out and described it to a friend as “the 80s threw up in there”

      I’ve never read Sarah Jio. I was worried she was too chick litish.


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