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Memoirs with Recipes

Memoirs with recipes: two great book categories that taste great together!Read More ›

Haunted Real Estate and Furniture in Fiction

The houses are full of horrors in these selected titles.Read More ›

Booktalking "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" by Lee Israel

This book tells the story of how one author fell on hard times and decided to try her hand at selling valuable correspondence from prominent authors.Read More ›

Books We Are Thankful For

We talked to librarians to find out the books they are most thankful for this year.Read More ›

Jock Reads and Flicks

Just as the music CD Jock Jams inspired a generation to "Move It, Move It," many books and movies that focus on sports can be motivational, even if the reader or viewer is not interested in that particular activity. Read More ›

While You Wait For "Station Eleven" Why Not Try...

Like Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, these post-apocalyptic novels take readers on compelling journeys of lost worlds, lost lives, and survival.Read More ›

Children's Librarians' Favorite Halloween Books

Our Halloween favorites to read and share with kids.Read More ›

Ask the Author: Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts comes to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, A History of New York in 101 Objects. Here he tells us a bit about himself as a reader.Read More ›

Page-Turners for All Tastes

Our reader asked us to recommend a good page turner for a long plane ride. Here are some titles you will want to read in one sitting from a variety of genres.Read More ›

Three is the Magic Number: Trilogies You May Not Have Known Were Trilogies

The Hunger Games, Divergent, Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy—when you cannot get enough of a character or just don't want the story to end, three is a welcome number. These popular trilogies need no further introduction, but here are some titles you may be surprised to learn, are also part of a trilogy.Read More ›

Looking for Authentic Voices

This week's readers advisory request comes to us as a list of books. The reader says that for her, a good book is language driven and the voice should ring through as authentic. Do we have any authentic voices for this reader?Read More ›

Suburban Malaise

Suburban – an adjective meaning contemptibly dull and ordinary. Malaise – a noun meaning a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or uneasiness whose exact cause is difficult to identify.Read More ›

Ask the Author: Philip K. Howard

Philip K. Howard came to Books at Noon to discuss his latest work, The Rule of Nobody.Read More ›

Librarians Choose the Best Teachers in Children's Literature

Recently, we published a list of the most outstanding teachers in adult fiction, but now it's time to turn the spotlight on the teachers of children's literature! We asked NYPL librarians to share the children's books with the best teacher characters and to tell us what makes them extraordinary. Read More ›

If You Like Murakami...

This week's readers advisory request comes to us in the form of two books and an author our reader has enjoyed in the past: The Secret History, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and Haruki Murakami. Here is what our staff recommended for this reader. Read More ›

Ask the Author: Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman is our next guest at Books at Noon this week.Read More ›

Horror Books That Go Bump in the Night

Now I admit it, think of any horror scenario and I would probably be the first one voted off the island. I don’t have much fight or flight in me, I would willingly become a zombie because survival just takes too much effort. Still, I love reading (and watching films) in which others try their best to make it. Here is a list of the books that kept me up at night long after I was done with them in 2014.Read More ›

Podcast #30: Tom Perrotta on Holden Caulfield, Sad Stories, and Seeing His Work Onscreen

Author Tom Perrotta has written six novels and two short story collections, but it's almost impossible to talk about him without mentioning film and television. Listen to the podcast from Books At Noon.Read More ›

Our Favorite Spooky Tales

If you are looking for a spooky Halloween read, the staff at the New York Public Library have some suggestions for you.Read More ›

If You Like LOTR, GoT, and American Gods, Here's What to Read Next

If you liked Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and American Gods… here are some fantasy titles to consider reading next.Read More ›
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