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Podcast #46: Joan Didion on Writing and Revising

Joan Didion's stately prose, with its dry humor and turns toward observation, has enamored readers for the last five decades. A writer of fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays, she has taught us how to depart a once-loved city, critique "the process" of democracy, and of course, enjoy the pleasures of an elegant sentence.Read More ›

A Crocheter's Delight

Frigid temperatures are upon us, and that means one thing: keeping warm. How about foregoing the costly department store prices and creating your own awesome scarves, fuzzy socks and warm mittens. All you need are two hands, a couple balls of yarn, needle(s), a comfortable chair and a bit of free time.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 ›

We Know You Love to Talk About Books: Announcing the 2015 Reader's Den Online Book Discussion Schedule

Are you making your New Year's Resolutions? Is one of them to read more or to connect more with other readers? We would love to see you in the Reader's Den, NYPL's online book discussion, in 2015! Read More ›

Food Studies 101 Reading List

With the holidays upon us, food is a topic at the front of our minds. The centerpiece of our tables, cultures, and familial traditions, food is nourishment for both body and mind. What we eat, however, is also at the center of a growing discipline that marries science and the humanities. Read More ›

Six Books on Criminal Justice to Read After Season One of "Serial"

Beyond just the need of proving the innocence of a potential wrongfully convicted person, the show has brought to light issues of crime, sentencing, prison and the potential injustices we face. Read More ›

December Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

The lost tribe of Coney Island... building the Statue of Liberty... a culinary history of America in 100 bites... the sinking of refugee ship The Wilhelm Gustloff during World War II... a close-up of the planet Mars... forgiving, remembering, and forgetting in personal and political contexts... a road trip through presidential libraries... curious New York activities... what online data can tell us about ourselves... reducing inequality in the 21st century... the history of New York's mass transit systems between 1940 and 1968... tales from a world traveler...Read More ›

25 Years From the Fall: KGB and Cold War Reads

On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, effectively and symbolically ending the Cold War. Twenty-five years later, we're still making sense of the decades of fear and east-west divisions. One need only watch FX's The Americans to see that the Cold War is still alive and well in the American imagination. As we look back at The Fall, here are the books we'll be reading.Read More ›

Podcast #34: Sam Roberts on New York City

Sam Roberts discussed his latest book A History of New York in 101 Objects. He spoke about what he thinks the motto of New York City should be, seeing history through objects, and productive procrastination.Read More ›

Jock Reads and Flicks

Just as the music CD Jock Jams inspired a generation to "Move It, Move It," many books and movies that focus on sports can be motivational, even if the reader or viewer is not interested in that particular activity. Read More ›

November Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Come join us for an Author @ the Library talk this November at Mid-Manhattan Library to hear distinguished non-fiction authors discuss their work and answer your questions. Read More ›

Ecocriticism 101 Reading List

In response to rising concerns about the environment, a tremendous outpouring of fiction, nonfiction, movies, and music that tackle the issue both directly and indirectly have infiltrated our daily rosters of cultural consumption.Read More ›

Page-Turners for All Tastes

Our reader asked us to recommend a good page turner for a long plane ride. Here are some titles you will want to read in one sitting from a variety of genres.Read More ›

What We're Reading: October 2014

This month I asked colleagues what they are reading and learning about in their spare time.Read More ›

Podcast #31: Philip K. Howard on the Constitution, Washington Finger-Pointing, and Why It's So Hard to Change a Broken Legal System

Philip K. Howard is a renowned legal reformer and the author of three books. His latest work is The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Boys of the Dark" by Robin Gaby Fisher

The Florida School for Boys, which was renamed the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys sometime after the 1960s, is a juvenile detention facility for underage male offenders. Michael O'McCarthy and Robert Straley were inmates in the 1950s and 1960s.Read More ›

September Reader's Den: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, Part 2

Excerpts, discussion questions and suggestions for further reading based on Predictably Irrational.Read More ›

October Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Are you interested in the history of free-market health care, classic DC comics, the story of an American bride in Kabul in 1961, or an American divorcee in 21st century Qatar, the pleasures of English gardens, rising Islamophobia, tales from 1940s post-war Germany, creating fashion portfolios, the life of early 20th century mover and shaker Mabel Dodge Luhan, GMO foods, new visions for urban life, or secular humanism?Read More ›

Booktalking "Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief" by Bill Mason

I have always been fascinated by thieves who could pull off multimillion-dollar heists, steal paintings from museums beefed up with security, etc. However, all of the stories included a ring of thieves. Not this one.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Marc Aronson on September 6, 2014

Marc Aronson led a discussion at the library about nonfiction for kids.Read More ›
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