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What’s Making Us Happy, Part 1

We asked our library staff members to tell us what’s turning their pages. Here’s the first installment, covering podcasts, music, and—of course—books.Read More ›

New York: A Reading List from Open Book Night

“And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? “It is not far from it. No urban nights are like the night there. “I have looked down across the city from high windows. It is then that the great buildings lose reality and take on their magical powers. They are immaterial; that is to say, one sees but the lighted windows. “Squares after squares of flame, set and cut into the Aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to  our will.”  —Ezra Pound, Patria Mia (1950) Frankly, we were a bit hesitant to ... Read More ›

October Reader's Den: Just Call Me Superhero, Week 1

"They didn't look at me because I was outside their field of vision and thus outside their world, but I could still sense it." Join us in this month's book discussion.Read More ›

Bruce Jay Friedman, A Story Teller: Humanizing Humility

The term Black Humor was coined in the 1960s by critics who regarded him as a founder, and although Friedman admits that he was never fond of the term, it is true that he helped pioneer this darker comic tone that was grimmer than conventional satire.Read More ›

Origin Stories

There are a couple kinds of origin stories. There are the backstories that super heroes have to explain how they got their powers. There are origin stories that describe how some reality came into existence. Our staff recommend some favorites here.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Human Body by Paolo Giordano

Join us this month as we discuss the psychological impact of comradeship, family, and war taken on by a platoon of Italian soldiers based in Afghanistan.Read More ›

Technology Gone Wrong… for Grownups

Seven scary tech stories—this time, for grownups.Read More ›

17 Things We Wish Had Happened in Harry Potter

Everyone’s favorite boy wizard became the star of millions of new stories that J.K. Rowling never put in her books through a new vehicle: fiction written by thousands of passionate readers all over the world.Read More ›

Never Bored: Great Books for Tweens

"I'm bored!" is a dreaded phrase for most parents. I prefer to view such a situation as an opportunity. Precocious tween readers often have difficulty finding books that are challenging and appealing at the same time, so here are some suggestions.Read More ›

Girl Waits With Gun: A Novel by Amy Stewart

A fictionalization of a fascinating true story about Constance Kopp, one of America's first female deputy sheriffs. 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 ›

Podcast #75: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith on Race, Writing, and Relationships

There are few authors as smart, powerful, and visionary as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith. This week, we're proud to present them discussing clear writing, race, and relationships on the New York Public Library Podcast.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Summer I Found You" by Jolene Perry

Dating your best friend's cousin is a murky business that Kate is not sure that she wants to venture into. Read More ›

A Little Light Bibliotherapy

We asked our expert NYPL staff members to recommend books that helped them stay sane and navigate life in Gotham.Read More ›

The Friendships of Famous Authors We Love

We're honoring the Platonic ideal by remembering the friendships of some of our favorite authors. Aristotle said, "What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies." But today we're asking, "What is a literary friend? A genius dwelling in two bodies."Read More ›

Rock 'n' Read: Hutch Harris of The Thermals

Hutch Harris is the lead guitarist and vocalist of Portland, Oregon–based band The Thermals. His songs paint vivid pictures and pose challenging questions, not unlike our favorite books and prose. See what books he recommends!Read More ›

Triple Threats

Alexandre Dumas, pere—born on July 24, 1802—dreamed up one of the most famous trios in history: The Three Musketeers. In his honor, we came up with some more classic literary trios. 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 ›

Young Adult New York Times Read Alikes: July 26, 2015

If you like these top New York Times Bestsellers, try these read-alikes.Read More ›

Five Essential Doctorow Reads (Plus Three Surprises)

Here are five essential reads to celebrate Doctorow's consummate contribution to literature. Read More ›
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