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The World of Sports: A Reading List from Open Book Night

We asked patrons to share a sports-related book for our June 12th Open Book Night and got a selection of titles that was as fascinating and varied as the subject of sports itself.

Is 2015 Still 1984?

In honor of George Orwell's birthday, we're thinking about his classic, 1984, and all the prescient authors who told stories that still seem painfully topical.

Summer of STEAM

Last week, we brought you Summer of STEM; so this week, we're adding the arts into the mix. Here’s some new nonfiction for kids who want to get creative this summer.

What's Your Literary Waterloo?

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s infamous defeat, we asked our NYPL staff members: What’s a book you’ve never been able to conquer?

Going Southern Goth

Dark in tone and set in an atmosphere of decay and decline, Southern Gothic lit is colored by that intense, damp, uniquely Southern heat pressing down on its characters and stories.

New LGBTQ Picks for Teens

NYC Pride is almost here, and we're celebrating with a new crop of books for young members of the LGBTQ community.

What Would Olivia Pope Read?

It’ll be three long months until Scandal returns to TV. In the meantime, your NYPL librarians picked out some books—science fiction to political thrillers to self-help to romance—that everyone’s favorite D.C. fixer might read to pass the time.

Summer of STEM

Scientifically minded kids have some great new nonfiction titles to choose from when they’re looking for a summer read.

New YA from New Authors

An intersex teen, a deadly meteor, and an army of the undead… an impressive collection of writers are making their young-adult debuts with these 10 tantalizing reads.

​For Dads Who Don't Play Golf (Not That There's Anything Wrong with That)

If you’re looking for something a little different this year, check out books for a wide variety of dads—as long as they’re readers.

Anticipation: YA Summer Releases

Can't wait for the new young-adult titles coming out this summer? Put the summer's most popular releases on hold right now and get them the moment they arrive.

Humans and Nature: A Reading List from Open Book Night

When we asked people to share books related to the theme of nature at our recent Open Book Night, we heard about titles related to both the natural world and to human nature, with an emphasis on humankind’s relationship to nature.

Book List: Can't Get Enough of Wolf Hall?

Reading (and watching) Wolf Hall was such an engrossing experience that it sent me into a tailspin where I read anything I could get my hands on about England during the Renaissance era. Here are some of the best books I found.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Picks for Adults

It is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, so to celebrate these writers we asked our staff here at NYPL to name some of their favorites. Here is what they had to say.

Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian Book List

The Bronx Library Center is one of several libraries hosting an initiative to develop reading and discussion programs for veterans, as well as their families, friends, service providers, and caregivers.

We Are New Yorkers: A Reading List for NYC Immigrant Heritage Week

Here are some vivid representations of the New York immigrant experience in fiction, as well as a few memoirs and biographies of New Yorkers past and present, who arrived here from all over the world and made their mark on our city.

New Beginnings: A Reading List from Open Book Night

When we asked people to share books related to the theme of “new beginnings,” we got a really wide range of fiction and nonfiction book recommendations: spiritual, nutritional, philosophical, emotional, geographic, artistic, political, physical, and meteorological.

My Spring Break Reading List

Lilian at Hamilton Grange shares her plan for a relaxing and book-filled spring break.

Selma Reading List

A reading list for all ages to accompany the movie Selma.

Food Studies 101 Reading List

With the holidays upon us, food is a topic at the front of our minds. The centerpiece of our tables, cultures, and familial traditions, food is nourishment for both body and mind. What we eat, however, is also at the center of a growing discipline that marries science and the humanities.

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