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Unlikely Beach Reads

We asked our experts: “What’s your recommendation for a long, dense, serious beach book?”

Middle Grade Mysteries

Who better to go undetected than a seemingly innocent middle grader. If you have a budding sleuth at home (hint—she probably loves Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated) here are some titles to hone her skills.

Break Out the S’Mores: YA Goes to Camp

Whether teens are dashing headlong into the wilderness or shipped off against their will, summer camp provides the perfect backdrop for YA adventure, romance, and drama.

Out of This World: Books About Interplanetary Travel

Our expert NYPL librarians recommend their favorite books about interplanetary travel.

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.

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?”

Five Essential Doctorow Reads (Plus Three Surprises)

Here are five essential reads to celebrate Doctorow's consummate contribution to literature.

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.

Middle School, Multiple Perspectives

Books composed of multiple narrators may help tweens grow empathy as they learn to navigate the complex social structure that is middle school.

Gamer Books to Read While You Wait for Armada

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

An Ode to New Children's Poetry

Roses are red / violets are blue / Here's some new poetry for kids / That adults might like too.

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.

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.

Technology Gone Wrong

Seven novels (all suitable for young adults, if not specifically written for them) about how society deals with the fallout of ominous technologies.

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?

Can You Grok This? Stories of Strangers in a Strange Land, Part 1

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

Go Set a Second Novel

Here’s a list of classic novels we wish had sequels, whatever they may have been.

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

Readings and recommendations at the Outdoor Reading Room.

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!

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.

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