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Travels as an Armchair Detective: Mysteries with a Sense of Place

Summer's almost gone, and I haven’t been able to travel very far out of the city, so I’ve been doing the next best thing, vicariously experiencing far flung locales, and occasionally time periods, in the company of some of my favorite sleuths. Enjoy visiting these detectives' beats from your couch, in the park, on a beach, on the subway, or anywhere else you like to read.Read More ›

Imposters: Real and Imagined

Whether you're interested in teasing out the differences between appearances and reality or you just like a good thriller, our favorite scam stories will make you look at charming strangers in a whole new light.Read More ›

What We're Reading: August 2014

I asked and they answered—here's what an assortment of staff across the system are reading right now.Read More ›

The Leftovers Reading List

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Before it was an HBO hit, The Leftovers was a book by Tom Perrotta. Each episode revolves around one of the four members of the Garvey family, following a mysterious "rapture" that disappeared 2% of the world's population. Before you 

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Books Hotter Than NYC Summer Afternoons

Summer in New York City can feel like the most unbearably hot place on earth. The subway platforms seem to sizzle, and the pavement? It's laughing at our misery.Read More ›

Read Everywhere!

Read everywhere today and every day. A lot of us love reading already, but why is it important? Read More ›

August Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Philosophical inquiry at the movies… a looming retirement crisis… familiar New York landmarks seen from unexpected angles… the birth of NYC’s power system… the language hoax… the hidden history of the mob in NYC… Tomorrow-Land, the 1964-1965 World’s Fair… the great Boston - New York subway race… the Kitty Genovese murder… the inventor of electric traction… the hospice movement… the makers of modern Manhattan…Read More ›

While You Wait For "The Vacationers," Why Not Try...

These character-driven titles portray characters dealing with family issues and relationships, friendships, long buried secrets, journeys into the past and life changing events.Read More ›

Better Late Than Never

A recent Mental Floss article about overdue library books reminded me of a book the Mid-Manhattan Library received in the mail last year. It was mailed from Arizona. It was overdue. Its due date: August 17, 1959.Read More ›

Beat the Heat with 8 Chilling Mysteries

Summer in New York can leave you melting into the pavement. That's why a mystery that chills you to the bone may be the best thing you do to beat the heat this season.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: July 2014

Here are some new noteworthy titles that may or may not be receiving the attention they deserve:Read More ›

Summer Reading: A Literary World Cup

Are you following the World Cup? Has that intense international feeling inspired you to look for some reading from around the globe? We’ve been inspired by the Los Angeles Public Library’s brilliant virtual #Literary World Cup to create our own Literary World Cup book display featuring authors from these competing countries. We hope you'll discover some new writers to enjoy!Read More ›

July Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

Gangsters and true crime, New York City history, financial literacy, MacArthur, FDR, Khrushchev, Lindsay, Main Street, U.S.A., travel, learning and self-discovery, climate change, foreign policy, the collective afterlife, and great pizza are among the wide-ranging topics coming up at our Author @ the Library talks in July 2014! We hope you’ll join us for insightful discussions with the authors of these 

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100 Books to Reread

Oscar Wilde once said, "If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all." The process of rereading often allows us an opportunity to notice aspects of the book that escaped our attention during the first read, while reminding us what made us love it the first time. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of books that beg to be reread.Read More ›

Book Expo America 2014

I was happy to attend Book Expo America for the first time a couple of years ago, and since then I have been hooked. The conference designed for book industry professionals will be held in NYC in 2015, then it moves to Chicago in 2016. The sessions are mostly geared towards adult materials, but there are a few sessions devoted to kids and teens. Authors, editors, publishers and lawyers attend the conference and sit on the session panels. Book Expo is a great opportunity to meet professionals in the book business.Read More ›

Swan Song

My job has offered many satisfactions. It is my way of engaging with the world. Although it would be impossible to guess how many people I've encountered in my librarian capacity, I can only hope that I've managed to clear up even a bit of bewilderment and confusion.Read More ›

June Author @ the Library Programs at Mid-Manhattan

The rise and fall of the atomic era… achieving financial independence... legendary actor Stella Adler… millennia of Egyptomania… an exile’s return to Bosnia… Tammany Hall, a birthplace of progressive urban politics… the discovery of logic ... the art of quitting… tracking the New York art world… the history of the world’s most influential spice… blood libel in Tsarist Russia… imagining a socialist USA … bad English… the approaching death of money… dueling neurosurgeons... Read More ›

20 Knock-Your-Socks-Off Novels Over 500 Pages

Sometimes, you're looking for a book in which you can stretch your legs out and stay a while. For these instances, set aside some space in your bag for 20 knock-your-socks-off novels over 500 pages.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: May 2014

Here are some new noteworthy titles that may or may not be receiving the attention they deserve. Read More ›

Game of Thrones is Back! Now Where is it Going?

(Warning: I tried to eliminate any direct spoilers but links and comments may tell more then casual fans who are following the show's pace want to know. Fans who want to remain surprised can bookmark this post and come back after they have read the books or finished the show.) Read More ›
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