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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 ›

Empathy for Animals, On Land and Underseas

This summer, why not explore some great nonfiction science reads about animals, both on land and underseas, and the ways in which they continually surprise humans.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Courage To Take Command" by Jill Morgenthaler

Jill Morgenthaler is a retired military colonel who was able to climb up the career ladder and has many words of wisdom for both female and male leaders.Read More ›

Podcast #73: The Moth on the Power of Storytelling

In 1997, The Moth began hosting storytelling events around the country, and in 2013, we were lucky enough to share in The Moth experience at Live from the NYPL. On that night, The Moth founder George Dawes Green, writer Andrew Solomon, and The Moth's long-time Artistic Director Catherine Burns joined us. For this week's episode of the New York Public Library Podcast, we're proud to present The Moth on the Power of Storytelling.Read More ›

August in the Reader's Den: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Part 1

Welcome back to the Reader’s Den! This August we’re making a virtual escape from the hot and steamy New York summer with Bill Bryson’s classic travelogue, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, originally published in 1996.Read More ›

Children and Nature: A Booklist for Parenting

When you reminisce about your childhood, is it filled with summertime freedom to traverse the neighborhood without your parents always watching? Here are resources to support children learning how to commune with nature and express their independent spirit.Read More ›

Reader's Den: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, Week 2

Welcome to the second week of July's Reader's Den. In keeping with this year's theme of Superheroes, we're taking on a different approach: seeing a 'hero' from multiple perspectives. Read More ›

Celebrating the ADA

We asked our expert NYPL staff, “What’s your favorite book that features a protagonist with a disability, and why do you like it?”Read More ›

Essential Hunter S. Thompson Reads

In honor of the Gonzo journalist dressed in sleeves full of tricks and outlandishly trumpeting prose, we're looking back at some of Thompson's finest nonfiction.Read More ›

Booktalking "Angel Face" by Barbie Nadeau

Amanda from Seattle and Meredith from Britain met while studying abroad in Italy. They roomed together with two Italian women. At first, everything was peachy keen, but, as happens so often with roommates, the relationship soon soured. Read More ›

Booktalking "Good Leaders Ask Great Questions" by John Maxwell

Business leaders need to retain their curiosity, ask themselves questions to keep at the top of their game, and ask questions of others to determine if they need assistance and to double-check if the leaders need to improve. Questions spur learning.Read More ›

Reader's Den: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, Week 1

On the heels of the Fourth of July, we will be discussing Karen Abbott's book Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Five Levels of Leadership" by John Maxwell

This work presents a positive view of people and their potential. Effective leaders should not simply search for work performance problems to correct. They help staff to develop their skills and achieve their goals. Read More ›

July Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Listen to scholars and other experts discuss their recent nonfiction books on a wide variety of subjects and ask them questions. Read More ›

Revolutionary Reading

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, read some of these fascinating historical fiction and nonfiction titles to better understand how our country came to be.Read More ›

Open Book Night at the Outdoor Reading Room: A Reading List

Readings and recommendations at the Outdoor Reading Room.Read More ›

The World of Sports: A Reading List from Open Book Night

We asked patrons to share a sports-related book for our June 12th Open Book Night and got a selection of titles that was as fascinating and varied as the subject of sports itself.Read More ›

Soak Up the Sun with Award-Winning Nonfiction!

Why not use the summer to catch up on some Award-Winning Nonfiction?Read More ›

Booktalking "The Negotiator" by Ben Lopez

A first-hand account of a fascinating and high stakes career. A Security companies, such as the one that employs Ben Lopez, work on negotiating ransom sums with the kidnappers and keeping everyone safe.Read More ›
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