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Blog Posts by Subject: Fiction

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 ›

Mystery Without End... Literally

Raymond Chandler famously said, “The ideal mystery is one you would read even if the end is missing.” In honor of his birthday this week, we asked our librarian experts to name mysteries they’d read even if there were no endings—books so compelling, with such great characters or such an evocative setting, that the story itself is just a bonus.Read More ›

Gamer Books to Read While You Wait for Armada

Put Armada on hold, and then come back and check out five other gamer books.Read More ›

To the Barricades! Bastille Day Books

In honor of Bastille Day, we’re thinking about the idea of revolution and all the ways that authors have defined it throughout history.Read More ›

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

That sticky summer humidity broke just in time to give us yet another gorgeous Open Book Night at the Outdoor Reading Room this past Friday night! Patrons of all ages spent the evening reclining on the lawn, enjoying a host of great recommendations, and, for the first time in 30 years, the relaxing sound of Truth and Beauty’s waters flowing nearby. Read More ›

Can You Grok This? Stories of Strangers in a Strange Land, Part 2

In Heinlein’s honor, we asked our NYPL librarians: What are some other books that speak to displacement—of being a stranger in a strange land?Read More ›

Booktalking "Leadership Gold" by John Maxwell

Leaders need to examine themselves in order to determine their strengths and weaknesses. Read More ›

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

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

Seven New YA Nail-Biters

Teens (and us adults who love young-adult mysteries) looking for a new read this summer—do we have some picks for you! Read More ›
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