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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL - August 5th, 2012

For the week of August 5, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and hardcover advice & misc. books.

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android phone, there is a free app! Use it with your library card/username and pin.

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL - July 29th, 2012

For the week of July 29, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and children's picture books.

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android phone, there is a free app! Use it with your library card/username and pin.

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL - July 22nd, 2012

For the week of July 22, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and children's chapter books.

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What Inspires You? A Book List of the Creative Process

Artists are always asked about what inspires them, what they were looking at (reading, eating, drinking, feeling, etc.) when they made this or that piece of art. They often remain coy, not wanting to divulge too much of the creative process, for fear of its ruining the mystery, or muddying the individual's personal interpretation of a work. In spite of their best efforts, the creative process, that window into the unique mind of the artist, remains a fascination for most of us. So, when we received a new title a few months ago,

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL - July 15th, 2012

For the week of July 15, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and paperback non-fiction.

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android phone, there is a free app! Use it with your library card/username and pin.

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Rose is a Rose is a Rose: How to Search the Meanings of Words and Phrase Origins

My hope is that this blog will serve as a useful starting point for anyone seeking or researching the origin of words and/or phrases, also called etymology. Both print-based and web-based sources are included.

Here are some web resources on word and phrase origins and a few print resources.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) The online edition of the 20-volume dictionary, access with your library 

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL - July 8th, 2012

For the week of July 8, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and hardcover advice & misc.

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android phone, there is a free app! Use it with your library card/username and pin.

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL - July 1st, 2012

For the week of July 1, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and children's picture books.

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL - June 24th, 2012

For the week of June 24, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and children's paperback books.

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android phone, there is a free app! Use it with your library card/username and pin.

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL - June 17th, 2012

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For the week of June 17, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and paperback advice & misc. books.

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL - June 10th, 2012

Please help PROTECT YOUR BRANCH nypl.org/speakout It takes just seconds to sign a letter urging elected officials to reverse the harshest cut to The New York Public Library in its history. 

For the week of June 10, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and hardcover advice & misc. books.

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL - June 3rd, 2012

Please help PROTECT YOUR BRANCH nypl.org/speakout It takes just seconds to sign a letter urging elected officials to reverse the harshest cut to The New York Public Library in its history. 

For the week of June 3, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and children's picture books.

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — May 27, 2012

Please help PROTECT YOUR BRANCH nypl.org/speakout It takes just seconds to sign a letter urging elected officials to reverse the harshest cut to The New York Public Library in its history. 

For the week of May 27, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and children's series.

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — May 20, 2012

Please help PROTECT YOUR BRANCH nypl.org/speakout It takes just seconds to sign a letter urging elected officials to reverse the harshest cut to The New York Public Library in its history. 

For the week of May 20, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and paperback trade fiction.

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — May 13, 2012

Please help PROTECT YOUR BRANCH nypl.org/speakout It takes just seconds to sign a letter urging elected officials to reverse the harshest cut to The New York Public Library in its history. 

For the week of May 13, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and hardcover advice & misc. books.

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Click on any of the titles below and 

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New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — May 6, 2012

Please help PROTECT YOUR BRANCH nypl.org/speakout It takes just seconds to sign a letter urging elected officials to reverse the harshest cut to The New York Public Library in its history. 

For the week of May 6, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and children's picture books.

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android phone, there is a free app! Use it with your library card/username and pin.

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — April 29, 2012

For the week of April 29, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and children's paperback books.

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android phone, there is a free app! Use it with your library card/username and pin.

Click on any of the titles below and place a hold to request the item. Remember to update your contact information (phone number or e-mail address), so you are notified when the book arrives for you at your local library. Don't have a 

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — April 22, 2012

For the week of April 22, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and paperback trade fiction books.

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android phone, there is a free app! Use it with your library card/username and pin.

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Shakespeare Week April 23-27 and The Merchant of Venice, Updated

E M DelafieldSt. John Ervine was an English theatre critic in 1920s, '30s, writing often for Time and Tide, that remarkably sensible middle-class magazine which first featured the dry and sly E. M. Delafield's Diary of a Provincial Lady (reserve this book right away!). But I digress.

He also wrote a play, The Lady of Belmont, which takes the Merchant of Venice 10 years later.  Below is a sample of the dialogue, which is dated, though perhaps it 

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Shakespeare Week April 23-27 and that of 2011

The late, and very great, Bernice W. KlimanThinking a great deal just now about the Great One, I thought of last years venture, April 11-15 2011.  It was a great deal of fun, and inspiration, and I felt great admiration for the Allen Room and Wertheim Study scholars who presented such fine work.  The week was audio-taped 

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