The Golden Flea

by Michael Rips

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    Non Fiction

    Paperback

    9781911547761

    A lyrical and enchanting memoir set among the stalls of New York’s legendary Chelsea flea market.

    Michael Rips is not a collector. The only things he holds onto are books and his diaries. But then he moves into the Chelsea Hotel with his wife and young daughter and discovers the Chelsea flea. A famous secondhand market haunted by those hunting for lost treasures, the flea was an integral part of Manhattan for decades, occupying several blocks and an old garage on the west side of the city.

    It’s not long before Rips is a regular. In turn, the vendors educate him on the items they sell, from trinkets and vintage clothes to rare books, West African boli, and Old Master paintings. As his fascination turns to obsession – and comes to focus on a mysterious painting of a woman – Rips must consider what gives an object value, and what drives his compulsion to collect.

    In richly evocative and stylish prose, The Golden Flea paints a portrait of a curious world that is itself a lost treasure.

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