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What We're Reading: October 2014

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

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 ›

September Reader's Den: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, Part 1

I often find myself amazed by how weird humans are, so I appreciate books that prove we're all nuts. In the interest of sharing these hilarious, intriguing, and helpful case studies, this month I will be leading the Reader's Den in discussing the book Predictably Irrational, by Dan Ariely.Read More ›

Beautiful Oops! Finding Success in Mistakes

Did you ever consider the notion that mistakes might be a gateway to ingenuity that can propel further breakthroughs, rather than mere blunders? Here is a list of reading recommendations that might help you start to view mistakes in a new light.Read More ›

Lives of the Famous and Infamous: Collective Biographies For Teens

Some of my favorite nonfiction books to recommend to teenagers are collective biographies, which provide information about different people who were famous for different reasons. They’re good for homework, good for browsing, and good for spontaneously discovering people you’ve never heard of before.Read More ›

Booktalking "Tasting the Universe" by Maureen Seaberg

The phenomenon of experiencing associated senses (a kind of cross-wiring) is an old concept, but it has only been scientifically studied since the second half of the 20th Century. Read More ›

Acting on Climate Change

From rising sea levels worsening the storm surge during Superstorm Sandy to the increase in extreme weather events, effects of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change are being deeply felt around the world with every passing day. But far from feeling helpless about a global situation, there are positive actions you can take, from the political to the personal, to point us in a better direction. In light of two New York City events, the U.N. Climate Summit this September 23 and the People’s Climate March on September 21, here is a consolidation of some resources on the topic.Read More ›

Ten Books That Have Stayed With Me....

You may have been tagged in a social media chain making the rounds in which you are supposed to list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. The goal is not to overthink it; simply take a few minutes and answer.Read More ›

Tycoons: Real and Imagined

Whether you're a penny pincher or a big spender, tycoons offer a wealth of fascinating stories. These books, both fiction and nonfiction, dramatize big business. From captains of industry to investment bankers, these money bags characters have stories worth their weight in gold.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: September 2014

Here are some new noteworthy titles that may or may not be receiving the attention they deserve.Read More ›

Kitty Genovese: The Girl Next Door That Everyone Knew

Maybe because Kitty Genovese's story conjures up questions of how crimes are committed, and the emotional struggles we live with from such events, this story hasn’t quite come to an end even after fifty years. We talked to the author of a new book about the famous murder.Read More ›

September Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Any of these subjects pique your curiosity? If so, join us for an Author @ the Library talk this September at Mid-Manhattan Library to hear distinguished non-fiction authors discuss their work and answer your questions. Author talks take place at 6:30 p.m. on the 6th floor of the Library, unless otherwise noted. You can also request the authors' books using the links to the catalog included below. Read More ›

Misfit Memoirs: A Book List

I love a great memoir, and I noticed recently that I tend towards a certain sub-genre of memoirs, those of the mistfit variety. These memoirs are usually brutally honest, self-deprecating, and describe life at the fringes of society, or at least behavior that most of us would be embarrassed, horrified or shocked by. Most are funny and tend to be insightful, and whether it’s a well-known celebrity or someone I’ve never heard of, I find them relatable and refreshing. Read More ›

August Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Philosophical inquiry at the movies… a looming retirement crisis… familiar New York landmarks seen from unexpected angles… the birth of NYC’s power system… the language hoax… the hidden history of the mob in NYC… Tomorrow-Land, the 1964-1965 World’s Fair… the great Boston - New York subway race… the Kitty Genovese murder… the inventor of electric traction… the hospice movement… the makers of modern Manhattan…Read More ›

July Reader's Den: "Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It" by David Ewalt - Wrap Up

Hello and welcome to the wrap up of Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It by David M. Ewalt. I hope you enjoy or are enjoying the book as much as I have. If you have any comments or questions please feel free to write below. For August the book is The Circle by David Eggers.Read More ›
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