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A "Mad Men" Mystery Solved

I am a librarian. I like things to be in order. I like things to be complete, but I have been troubled for the past year. You see, Sally Draper was shown reading a book in Mad Men season four, episode five ("The Chrysanthemum and the Sword"), and I could not for the life of me figure out what that book was. The Mad Men Reading List was incomplete and, as a 

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — January 15, 2012

For the week of January 15, 2012, we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and children's picture books.

If any of you has a new 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 

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — January 8, 2012

For the week of January 8, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and children's paperback books.

If any of you got a new iPhone, iPad or Android phone for the holidays, 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

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — January 1, 2012

Wishing all of you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

For the week of January 1, 2012 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and paperback non-fiction.

If any of you got a new iPhone, iPad or Android phone for the holidays, 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 

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New Year's Resolution for 2012: Learn a New Language!

As 2011 slowly comes to an end, many of us are anxiously waiting for 2012 to arrive! Usually around this time — for some of the ambitious ones — we make New Year's resolutions. Can we actually keep them through the end of the year? Maybe. It depends on your resolutions and the goals you create to achieve them. Some have many resolutions for the year, such as creating and maintaining a 

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — December 25, 2011

Happy reading and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

For the week of December 25, 2011 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and hardcover advice & misc. Have you checked out BiblioCommons? If you have an iPhone or Android phone, there is a free app!

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  

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My Library, English Conversation Edition: Meet Jonathan!

"I love talking about nothing, father. It is the only thing I know anything about," quips Lord Goring in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband. At Mid-Manhattan Library's English Conversation Hour for intermediate, advanced, and native English 

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Finding Jesus at NYPL: A Research Guide

Perhaps no person in human history is more controversial than Jesus of Nazareth. The parable above (among many other well known ones) came from Jesus in the New Testament of the Christian

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — December 18, 2011

For the week of December 18, 2011 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and children's picture books. Have you checked out Bibliocommons? If you have an iPhone or Android phone, there is a free app!

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

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — December 11, 2011

For the week of December 11, 2011 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and children's chapter books. Have you checked out Bibliocommons? If you have an iPhone or Android phone, there is a free app!

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

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — December 4, 2011

For the week of December 4, 2011, we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and paperback mass-market fiction. Have you checked out BiblioCommons? If you have an iPhone or Android phone, there is a free app!

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

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — November 27, 2011

For the week of November 27, 2011 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and hardcover advice & misc. Have you checked out BiblioCommons? If you have an iPhone or Android phone, there is a free app!

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

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The Face of Intellectual Beauty: The New York Review of Books at 48

First published on February 1st, 1963, The New York Review of Books has been hailed to be one of the world's leading intellectual literary magazines. Known for its sharp and critical insights, commentaries and book reviews on culture, literature and current affairs, The NYRB has had much success in gaining attention from and written contributions by eminent scholars, intellectuals and writers such as Margaret Atwood,

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My Library, English Conversation Edition: Meet Licia!

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Gabon, Haiti, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Khazakhstan, Korea, Martinique, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Yemen... What do all of these countries have in common? The English Conversation Hour at the

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What Kind of Reader?

What kind of reader are you?

And what is the nature of reading?

It’s a simple enough question, and like many simple questions, it doesn’t have a simple answer.

In If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler Italo Calvino explores this question. It’s ingenious how he does it, and it’s the subject of Hudson Park’s next book club meeting 

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — November 20, 2011

For the week of November 20, 2011 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and children's picture books. Have you checked out Bibliocommons? If you have an iPhone or Android phone, there is a free app!

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

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — November 13, 2011

For the week of November 13, 2011 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and children's series. Have you checked out Bibliocommons? If you have an iPhone or Android phone, there is a free app!

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 

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — November 6, 2011

For the week of November 6, 2011 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and paperback trade fiction. Have you checked out Bibliocommons? If you have an iPhone or Android phone, there is a free app!

For more information on this week's best sellers, visit the New York Times website and check out the full list. There is also a special section for

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Find New York Times Bestsellers at NYPL — October 30, 2011

For the week of October 30, 2011 we have hardcover fiction, hardcover non-fiction, and hardcover advice & misc. Have you checked out Bibliocommons? If you have an iPhone or Android phone, there is a free app!

For more information on this week's best sellers, visit the New York Times website and check out the full list. There is also a special section for

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October Reader's Den — "The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary" Wrap-up & Reading List

But of course it wasn’t finished. It never could be, it never would be, and it never will be.

Welcome back to the Reader’s Den for the final week of our discussion of

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