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The Journalist’s Journey

Long-form nonfiction can be a great way to get a behind-the-scenes look at not just the "what" and the "why," but also the "how."

Mental Health: A History

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), now in its fifth edition, is used as an authority for psychiatric diagnosis and is constantly under criticism, in controversy, or under revision. Clearly, the diagnosis of mental disorders in an ever-evolving practice. Here are a few books on the history of mental health.

Our YA Movie Wishlist

Hollywood has officially gone YA, and blockbusters that started as young-adult fiction abound. So, we asked our team of expert librarians for their wishlists: What’s a YA book you’d like to see turned into a movie, and whom would you cast in the leading role?

Famous Literary Locales, Visualized

Public domain images from Digital Collections that remind us of classic books.

Stressed Out? Try a Literary Rx

Here’s a selection of recent titles, ranging from personal stories to practical self-help guides, that tackle different approaches to easing our minds and breathing through the stress.

Bibliotherapy: A Little Self-Help

If the gray days of winter have you feeling blue, try a little self-help reading. Warning! May cause mindfulness, self-awareness, and a better psychic state.

Following in Winnie's Pawprints

Kids cannot live by Winnie-the-Pooh alone, so we asked our picture-book experts here at NYPL to tell us about their favorite stories that feature bears as the protagonists.

Move over, Binge-Watching...

... because it's time for some binge-reading. Start 2016 with some series that you might want to race through the same way you raced through Master of None and Making a Murderer.

Fascinating Histories

Question: What do vitamins, autism, rain, the Chamber of Commerce, DARPA, St. Mark's Place, and the Vatican all have in common? Answer: Recently published, well researched, and reported histories.

Unlikely Friendships in Children's Books

Much like the gifs, memes, and images we find online, children's fiction is also full of unlikely animal friendships.

Carry On, Carry On...

Move over, Harry Potter… there's a new boy wizard in town.

Our Most-Recommended Books of 2015

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

NYPL's Suggestions for the 2016 Read Harder Challenge

Read outside your comfort zone this year! Check out our recommendations for Book Riot's annual challenge.

NYPL's Suggestions for the 2016 Read Harder Challenge

Read outside your comfort zone this year! Check out our recommendations for Book Riot's annual challenge.

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.

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.

One for Each Night: Eight Great Books for Chanukah

It's Chanukah already?! Get in the mood for latkes and candles with this Chanukah sampler of eight books—one for each night, and for dreidel-players of all ages.

One for Each Night: Eight Great Books for Chanukah

It's Chanukah already?! Get in the mood for latkes and candles with this Chanukah sampler of eight books—one for each night, and for dreidel-players of all ages.

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.

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

Make the coming winter a little warmer with the first books in romance series that have promising new installments coming out in the next few months.

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