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Blog Posts by Subject: Nonfiction

A Guide for Those Newly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

Life doesn't stop after diagnosis. Tips on collecting and organizing your medical information, and books and websites to help you on your path to recovery.Read More ›

10 Worldview-Expanding TV Series for World Television Day

World Television Day isn't just another made up pseudo-holiday. To honor the intended spirit of World Television Day, why not turn on your tube and tune into some worldview-expanding programming? 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 ›

The Creepy, the Quirky, and the Occult: A Reading List from Open Book Night

October’s Open Book Night began with a 19th-century slasher story. We discussed Lizzie Borden and the fascinating tale of how she murdered her mother and father, and got away with it. Many more creepy suggestions followed.Read More ›

Ta-Nehisi Coates's Reading List

"Folks who are not familiar with black literature, read this book and read a ton of other books." The following are all the books recommended by Ta-Nehisi Coates during his mesmerizing talk at the Schomburg Center.Read More ›

Running and Reading Into the NYC Marathon and Beyond

There are 9 days left until the 2015 TCS NYC Marathon! It’s time to get your New York on and your reading on!Read More ›

Podcast #83: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Theft, Atheism, and History

The author of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates has time and again shown his knack for both historicizing racial inequalities and positioning his interrogation of structural inequalities within lyrical personal narrative. Recently, LIVE from the NYPL presented Coates in conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: Going To The Dogs

Dogs and books. What could be better? How about if we combine the two? What do we get? Books about dogs! If you're a fan of books and dogs, here are a few titles that may interest you.Read More ›

Podcast #81: Erica Jong on Becoming a Poet and Favorite Authors

The author of over twenty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, Jong is the author of the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature. For this week's New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present Erica Jong on Becoming a poet and her favorite authors.Read More ›

Classroom Cross-Connections: Infectious Diseases

Teach students about Infectious Diseases in the context of Social Studies, Science and English Language Arts through nonfiction and other primary source material. Read More ›

Running and Reading Into the NYC Marathon

Books about runners and different running cultures. For children, dreams and goals start when they pick up a book at the library. Even now, I experience the same feelings picking up these running books and still get inspired to set new goals.Read More ›

September Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

If you'd like to understand why more wild animals are venturing into urban environments; to discover how the great impressionist Monet ate; to examine the Polaroid-Kodak patent war; to celebrate the music and poetry of Leonard Cohen; to learn how to beat fatigue; to explore the economic consequences of climate change; to relive a harrowing but heroic moment in Armenian history; to argue against suicide; or learn how to cope with the narcissists in your life, please join us this month!Read More ›

In Memoriam: Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Oliver Sacks, a neurologist and one of the great public intellectuals of our time. For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're remembering Sacks's talk on hallucinations.Read More ›

Reader's Den: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Part 2

Discussion questions for A Walk in the Woods.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Lost Girls" by John Glatt

Families plastered Cleveland with posters of their missing daughters. The three women were kept hidden for over a decade.Read More ›

Women, Activism, and Inspiration

Aug. 26 is Equality Day—so, we asked our expert NYPL staff members to recommend some books about women and activism, for all ages and in cultures all around the world.Read More ›

Travel: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Books and destinations from around the world were discussed at the most recent Open Book Night, and lots of recommendations were picked up along the way.Read More ›

The Longest Afternoon: Looking Back on Waterloo

Branden Simms has created an inspired work which provides a detailed look at how a small unit conducted itself in this period under extreme duress. His book is not only a military history, but a look at the actual people who took part in these events. He chronicles their lives on an almost hourly basis and we endure with them those momentous events that took place on that sultry afternoon 200 years ago on a small Belgian field. That farmland and structures remain active to this day which are owned by individuals aware of their historical significance. The author was privileged to 

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Podcast #74: Colson Whitehead on Poker

For this week's episode of the New York Public Library podcast, Colson Whitehead discusses poker. In 2011, the author traveled to the World Series of Poker, where he competed and reported back for Grantland. Read More ›

Readers Den: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Interview and Wrap Up

Welcome back to the Reader's Den as we wrap up July's book. I hope you have enjoyed Karen Abbott's book Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy as much as I have. I talked to the author about what she likes to read (when she's not busy writing!)Read More ›
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