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Podcast #51: Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert on Writing

Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert are not merely both writers; they're friends and longtime pen pals. Patchett, winner of the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for her novel Bel Canto, has  written ten books. Gilbert has published six. And between the two of them, the insights into the work of a writer are nearly endless.Read More ›

Podcast #45: Cheryl Strayed on Wild Success

Recently, the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's Wild received Oscar nods for Reese Witherspoon (Best Actress) and Laura Dern's (Best Supporting Actress) performances. Wild, the story of Strayed's journey on the Pacific Crest Trail, has become a runaway hit both onscreen and off. Strayed joined NYPL to discuss the blockbuster memoir, measuring success, and good advice. Read More ›

Finding the Right Nonfiction Book For You

Reading nonfiction books can open your eyes to different subjects and make you see them in a new light, and I’m not just saying that because I haven’t eaten a burger from McDonald’s since I read Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. Reading nonfiction books can change your perspective in both small and profound ways. Read More ›

7 Facts You May Not Know About Susan Sontag

In 1972, Susan Sontag wrote in her journal, "I want to make a New Year's prayer, not a resolution. I'm praying for courage." And intellectual courage is, indeed, one of the great legacies of the writer's career. Today, January 16, we celebrate Sontag's birthday by re-reading her journals, those intimate musings and half-musings. Read More ›

Graphic Memoirs

Our reader asked: I'm looking for my next great read. I'm a fan of graphic novels that function as memoirs, or even semi-autobiographical fiction that's realistic. I've really enjoyed Persepolis, Marbles, This One Summer, and One Bad Rat. What should I put on my list to read next?Read More ›

While You Wait For "Yes Please" Why Not Try...

Like Yes Please by Amy Poehler , these humorous and engaging memoirs transform readers into the personal and professional lives of celebrities. Some titles also incorporate advice.Read More ›

Memoirs with Recipes

Memoirs with recipes: two great book categories that taste great together!Read More ›

Booktalking "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" by Lee Israel

This book tells the story of how one author fell on hard times and decided to try her hand at selling valuable correspondence from prominent authors.Read More ›

Books We Are Thankful For

We talked to librarians to find out the books they are most thankful for this year.Read More ›

Booktalking "Catch Me If You Can" by Frank Abagnale, Jr.

Frank William Abagnale, Frank Williams, or any of the other aliases he gave people, cruised through life alternately as an airplane pilot, pediatrician, civil lawyer, academic professor, and finally as a researcher/writer in what he thought was the safe haven of Montpellier, France. He bought a nice cottage there, and he brought a suitcase full of cash with him.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Consolations of the Forest, Conclusion

Having arrived safely back to your everyday existence, I hope you enjoy the comfort of your own bed and convenient grocery store, but feel as if you have had a bit of retreat into nature and your own thoughts.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Consolations of the Forest, Week 3

Welcome back for the third week of our reading and discussion of Sylvain Tesson’s The Consolations of the Forest. This week I’d like to offer a few more questions to consider and discuss while you are reading the book:Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Consolations of the Forest, Week 2

The Consolations of the Forest is Sylvain Tesson’s first title available in English and it won the Prix Médicis for nonfiction. But, he has written many other works on his travels around the world by bike and in Central Asia, including crossing the Himalayas on foot. He was born in Paris, France in 1972.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Consolations of the Forest by Sylvain Tesson

This month’s Reader’s Den will encourage you to try an exploratory journey to Siberia with Sylvan Tesson as he lives alone for six months in a cabin taking in the beauty of winter and the arrival of spring in The Consolations of the Forest.Read More ›

The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son by Pat Conroy

In the fall of 2011, I wrote a blog post on the books I had been reading by Pat Conroy. On that post I also linked to Pat Conroy's then recently created blog, where, under the heading, "My Blogging Life," he announced that he was at work on a new book, The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son. The book, published October 29, 2013 is a memoir, and a sequel to the 

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Veterans Resources at Saint George Library: Serving Those Who Have Served Us

"Freedom is not free." —Walter Hithcock "In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved." —Franklin D. Roosevelt

American freedom has been achieved and maintained due to the perseverance and sacrifice of our service men and women. Although we show our support by honoring those in service as well as veterans twice a year, on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, this does not fulfill their daily needs as they once 

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Orange Is the New Black: A Reading List

Orange Is the New Black is the latest series from Netflix based on Piper Kerman's memoir of the same name. The main character, Piper Chapman, is a middle class woman who has to leave behind her life in order to serve 15 months in prison for transporting a suitcase full of drug money for an international drug smuggler/former lover.

Piper and other characters such as Tastyee, Red and Alex are seen reading or referencing various books throughout the series. I decided to watch 

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June Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Should we worry about a Medicare Meltdown? Is a newly identified autoimmune disease responsible for instances of demonic possession recorded in the past? What is the Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola? How can we best care for

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Following Cheryl Strayed's Journey on the Pacific Crest Trail

How interesting could a book about a long walk possibly be? In the case of Cheryl Strayed's book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, the answer is very. Some may have foolishly initially shied away from this book because it's an Oprah's Book Club selection and a memoir, a combination that proved problematic for

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Mother's Day Reads

If you had to say, who is the person most responsible for instilling your love of reading? Was it your local librarian? Was it your mom?

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