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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 ›

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 ›

Ask the Author: Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley comes to Books at Noon this week to discuss her latest work, Some Luck.Read More ›

When the Print Book Would Take Up Your Whole Bag: Long Reads in "E"

So long, but so worth it. Give your shoulders a break and pick up the e-book version instead.Read More ›

E-books for the 6-12 Set

Five recommendations from our e-book collection.Read More ›

Ayana Mathis on The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Inspiring Women, and Writing Fiction from Fact

Recently, Mathis joined NYPL for a new season of Books at Noon, where she discussed how some of the women in her life—including author Marilynne Robinson—have helped make her the writer she is today and the intersection of fact and fiction.Read More ›

Ben Lerner on Modernism, Lived Experience, and Back to the Future

The author of 10:04 discussed his work at the library on September 16.Read More ›

Drop Everything And Read Day at the Bronx Library Center

Friday, October 17 is D.E.A.R. Day at BLC.Read More ›

Missing The Killing? Crime Series Set in the Northwest

There is something about the sinister, shadowy, gray atmosphere of The Killing that is unforgettable. Detectives eat in the rain and smoke in the rain. Rain falls heavy on the windshield day and night. Here are some books with this same sense of atmosphere.Read More ›

October Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Are you interested in the history of free-market health care, classic DC comics, the story of an American bride in Kabul in 1961, or an American divorcee in 21st century Qatar, the pleasures of English gardens, rising Islamophobia, tales from 1940s post-war Germany, creating fashion portfolios, the life of early 20th century mover and shaker Mabel Dodge Luhan, GMO foods, new visions for urban life, or secular humanism?Read More ›

Ask the Author: Mark Strand

Mark Strand answers our six questions about reading.Read More ›
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