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Blog Posts by Subject: Nonfiction

Salute to Narrative Nonfiction: Science

Narrative or creative nonfiction is a somewhat newly recognized genre. Naturally, as librarians we have a great appreciation for the research, the primary source documents and interviews, but it is the narrative, the skillful pacing, the phrasing, and the insight that make it read like a thriller that set these books apart from other nonfiction.Read More ›

Booktalking "Animal Stars" by Robin Ganzert

Everyone on the crew falls in love with canine and feline film actors. The human actors, fans and crew alike love walking around holding cuddly animals.Read More ›

Physicists Who Looked To Literature

Literature provides ample inspiration to scientific fields, as these examples show—and vice versa.Read More ›

New Beginnings: A Reading List from Open Book Night

When we asked people to share books related to the theme of “new beginnings,” we got a really wide range of fiction and nonfiction book recommendations: spiritual, nutritional, philosophical, emotional, geographic, artistic, political, physical, and meteorological.Read More ›

Waiting for "Downton Abbey" 2015!

It’s going to be rough wait, but we will do it together and somehow find other books and films to fill the Downton-sized hole in our hearts.Read More ›

Books for a New Utopia

Imagine an apocalypse that doesn't destroy the people or the planet, just everything we have built and all knowledge/memory of building it. What books would you like to survive to guide in the building of a new utopia? Why that book?Read More ›

Booktalking "Get Real" by Mara Rockliff

Cheap stuff wreaks havoc on the environment. Read More ›

Booktalking "5 Levels of Gifted" by Deborah Ruf

Gifted kids are characterized by intensity, creativity, precocity, perfectionism, and idealism.Read More ›

Booktalking "Genius Denied" by Jan and Bob Davidson

Gifted kids are often bored in academic classes with their age-mates, and they do not share similar interests. Therefore, they can feel lonely and get depressed or angry if their educational and socio-emotional needs are not met. Luckily, there are some solutions. Read More ›

Recent Acquisitions in the Jewish Division: April 2015

The following titles are just a few of our new books, all available at the reference desk in Room 111. Read More ›

Booktalking "Why Smart People Hurt" by Eric Maisel

Natural psychology is a 21st Century invention whose basic tenet is that a sense of meaning and purpose in life provides gratification and well-being. The author discusses one billion, or 15% of the 7 billion people who currently populate earth, as being intellectually bright. Certain challenges face these individuals.Read More ›

April Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

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

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Accuracy in Illustration on March 7, 2015

Authors Mara Rockliff, Brian Floca, Sophie Blackall and editor Nicole Raymond sat down with Youth Materials Specialist Betsy Bird to discuss the idiosyncrasies of kid lit pictures. But first, they each gave a presentation about illustration and their books.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Part 4

Critical reception and further reading from the author, Jill Lepore.Read More ›

Skateboarding at the Library

Here are some tunes to thrash around to, some books to read up on and some movies to feel inspired by.Read More ›

The Book on the Book: Biographies of Works of Literature

There has been a mini-boomlet in book biographies recently. Wouldn't you love to read a book about your favorite book?Read More ›

Ask the Author: Frank Bruni

Frank Bruni comes to Books at Noon next Wednesday, March 18 to discuss his latest work, Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. We asked him six questions about what he likes to read.Read More ›

Peter Hart's "The Great War"

This is a superb military study of the Great War. if you are looking for some new perspectives on the Bloody Fields of Flanders and elsewhere then this seminal work by Peter Hart is a good place to start. Read More ›

Recent Acquisitions in the Jewish Division: March 2015

The following titles are just a few of our new books, all available at the reference desk in Room 111. Read More ›

Invitation to a Book Social: Open Book Night at Mid-Manhattan

Our February Open Book Night discussion was a success! We shared books over hot tea on a very cold evening and talked about books we love.Read More ›
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