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Book Notes From The Underground: November 2015

Here are some recently published titles that may appeal to you if you are a fan of reading short stories:Read More ›

Dysfunctional Family Functions

Ah, Thanksgiving. Turkey dinners, football games, and lots and lots of family time—so check out some books and plays that feature families coming together for group meals or celebrations that ends in disaster. Read More ›

Reader's Den November - Hell Hath No Fury: Gone Girl, Medea, and the Allure of the Femme Fatale, Part 2

Both Gone Girl and Medea feature two classic examples of the Femme Fatale archetype. In this installment of the Reader's Den, we will examine the appearance of the vengeful female or femme fatale as portrayed in film. Read More ›

Telling the Stories of the Trans Community

“Write what you know,” they say. So, for TransgenderAwareness Month, we present trans authors (and one author with trans family members) who’ve written memorable trans characters—one book for children, one for young adults, and one for adults.

Nevada by Imogen Binni

Maria, a young trans punk, made a life for herself in New York City. But 

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Staff Picks: A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn

Every month, library staff members are bringing you 100 books we love—culled from the millions upon millions out in the world—via our interactive Staff Picks browse tool. This month, we're going with a fantastical novel: A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn.Read More ›

Alter Your Reading... Alternate History Picks Sure to Make You Wonder

Are you looking for something new to read or watch? Something that's maybe a little different than the norm? Why not give the Alternate History genre a try?Read More ›

What’s So Scary about 'The Giving Tree'?

We asked our NYPL book experts to name some books that aren’t technically scary—not horror or dystopia or anything else intended to freak you out—but that have some kind of eerie, haunting element they just can’t get out of their heads.Read More ›

The Creepy, the Quirky, and the Occult: A Reading List from Open Book Night

October’s Open Book Night began with a 19th-century slasher story. We discussed Lizzie Borden and the fascinating tale of how she murdered her mother and father, and got away with it. Many more creepy suggestions followed.Read More ›

October Reader's Den: Just Call Me Superhero, Part 2

"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 ›

Simon Winchester's Favorite Books

Author Simon Winchester is our guest at LIVE from the NYPL on October 30 at 7 pm. We asked him to talk about his favorite books.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: Going To The Dogs

Dogs and books. What could be better? How about if we combine the two? What do we get? Books about dogs! If you're a fan of books and dogs, here are a few titles that may interest you.Read More ›

What’s Making Us Happy, Part 2

What’s making us happy in the realms of TV, cooking, art and design, libraries, and online thingamabobs, and then happinesses that defy categorization.Read More ›

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, Part 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 ›
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