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Blog Posts by Subject: Nonfiction

Humans and Nature: A Reading List from Open Book Night

When we asked people to share books related to the theme of nature at our recent Open Book Night, we heard about titles related to both the natural world and to human nature, with an emphasis on humankind’s relationship to nature.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: May 2015 (New Nonfiction)

From magical realism to Nazi occupation, delve into essays, memoirs, and more.Read More ›

Cooking the Books: Spring 2015 Edition

This Spring, everything is coming up foodie! Here is a list of recent books on cooking and eating.Read More ›

Salute to Narrative Nonfiction: Journalism and Social Sciences

Narrative or creative nonfiction is 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 ›

Our Favorite New York Stories

The staff at the New York Public Library loves their city as well as a story that captures what is truly special and wonderful about this place. Here are a few of their favorites.Read More ›

Salute to Narrative Nonfiction: Memoirs

Narrative or creative nonfiction is 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 ›

May Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Dance in unexpected places... walking through literary New York... New York's incredible abandoned spaces... photographing fashion's trendsetters... recipes in literature... unusual hiking destinations... coming of age in postwar America... the art and science of what we eat... southern Italy's most celebrated gardens... urban transformation in Chelsea... the influence of our infrastructure...Read More ›

Podcast #58: Frank Bruni on College

In this week’s episode, Bruni discusses the pitfalls of believing that elite schools are the sole path to a great life, why people put too much faith in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings, and what's worthwhile about college.Read More ›

Salute to Narrative Nonfiction: Travel and Adventure

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 ›

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 ›
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