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Charlotte Sometimes: The Redoubled Subject

Penelope Farmer's 'Charlotte Sometimes' has an incredible depth accomplished with an effortlessness I rarely come across in contemplative fiction written for adults, let alone children. For this reason, I cannot accept it as a simple story about a child who travels time, but a story where an adolescent girl lays the foundation for her maturity.Read More ›

Podcast #96: Francine Prose on YouTube, Sentences, and War

Francine Prose is one of the most prolific and accomplished writers living in America today, having written seventeen novels, three short fiction collections, eight works of nonfiction, a children's book, and many book reviews. Read More ›

Podcast #95: Junot Diaz on the Game of Fiction and Intimacy

A MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize winner, Diaz has published one novel and two collections of short stories, all which prominently feature voice-driven narrative and characters of Dominican descent negotiating life in America. Read More ›

Must-Reads From Wakefield Press, Part 1

Wakefield Press is literary, artistic and thought provoking, with short and lengthy translations that are bound to provoke and poke at all things usual in the world. Read More ›

Recommended at Open Book Night: Patron Picks in "E"

Not sure what to read next? Check out these book recommendations from fellow book lovers! Read More ›

2015 Schomburg Bestsellers List

From memoirs, to science fiction, and beautiful photo collections, take home a copy of each from the Schomburg Gift Shop before they sell out!Read More ›

Our Most-Recommended Books of 2015

Reflecting on the 365234298657 billion books (an exact number) we recommended this past year.Read More ›

Delicious Reads from December's Open Book Night

With the holidays at our doorstep, there’s one thing that’s sure to be on everyone’s mind: food! So naturally, this December we here at Mid-Manhattan decided to dedicate our monthly Open Book Night to a discussion of favorite food or cooking related books.Read More ›

Early 1970s Fiction: 45 Novels for 45 Years of Mid-Manhattan

Just in time for #tbt... award winners, best sellers and cultural touchstones from the early 1970s. Read More ›

Thankful for Books: A Reading List from Open Book Night

At our last Open Book Night we asked our Mid-Manhattan readers to share a book or an author they were thankful for, or to tell us about a story or book they associated with Thanksgiving.Read More ›

NYPL Holiday Shopping Guide

Happy Holidays! Here are some of our 2015 favorites for the readers on your list. Read More ›

Visit Us in December: The Librarian Is In at NYPL

We’re doing a bit of match-making this season at The New York Public Library! It can be daunting trying to figure out what to read next or which book your favorite people want for the holidays—and that’s where we come in. Read More ›

Oh Books, Take Me Away

Is the holiday season getting to you? Look no further than your local library to find a quick escape. We asked our expert NYPL staff to name some books that make them want to sneak off to the bathroom, lock the door, and disappear into another world during the holidays.Read More ›

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 ›
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