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While You Wait For "Redeployment" Why Not Try...

Phil Klay's Redeployment is a National Book Award–winning collection of stories about soldiers grappling with the harsh realities of war. It is currently in high demand, so while you wait for your hold to arrive you might be interested in one of the following similar titles.Read More ›

More Nordic Noir

With the bleakest part of the winter now upon us, some readers may be craving a feast of Scandinavian noir. Here are a few more contemporary Swedes (and one Norwegian) I've enjoyed.Read More ›

A Crocheter's Delight

Frigid temperatures are upon us, and that means one thing: keeping warm. How about foregoing the costly department store prices and creating your own awesome scarves, fuzzy socks and warm mittens. All you need are two hands, a couple balls of yarn, needle(s), a comfortable chair and a bit of free time.Read More ›

Finding the Right Nonfiction Book For You

Reading nonfiction books can open your eyes to different subjects and make you see them in a new light, and I’m not just saying that because I haven’t eaten a burger from McDonald’s since I read Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. Reading nonfiction books can change your perspective in both small and profound ways. Read More ›

Thrills, Chills and Romance: The New Gothic Genre

Do you shiver at the thought of winds whistling down the Yorkshire moors and waves crashing against the Cornish coast? Wrap yourself up in one of these cozy gothic romance titles.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: January 2015, Part 1

A look at recent books available in translation.Read More ›

Graphic Memoirs

Our reader asked: I'm looking for my next great read. I'm a fan of graphic novels that function as memoirs, or even semi-autobiographical fiction that's realistic. I've really enjoyed Persepolis, Marbles, This One Summer, and One Bad Rat. What should I put on my list to read next?Read More ›

Anticipation: Upcoming Titles

We are excited about the New Year and some promising new titles coming out early this year. Here are a few we look forward to getting our hands on here in Readers Services.Read More ›

Winter Books to Get You Through the Season

The wind may bite. The snow may fall. And your stoop may be a treacherous ziggurat of ice. But there's no reason to get cabin fever this year.Read More ›

What's on the Bookshelves at Downton Abbey?

Season 5 starts in 1924 and ends in December of 1925, so what world or local events will they experience? What will they be wearing? What will they be reading?Read More ›

We Know You Love to Talk About Books: Announcing the 2015 Reader's Den Online Book Discussion Schedule

Are you making your New Year's Resolutions? Is one of them to read more or to connect more with other readers? We would love to see you in the Reader's Den, NYPL's online book discussion, in 2015! Read More ›

December Reader's Den: Consider Phlebas Part 3

Considering the scale of destruction wrought in a galaxy-wide war, can either civilization fit Horza's bill as being on the side of life?Read More ›

The Legacy of Walter Dean Myers

What made Walter Dean Myers stand out was his tireless belief that the telling and reading of all kinds of stories mattered, that teens mattered, communities and families mattered, and that libraries and librarians mattered.Read More ›

Epiphany Recommends: Horror for Beginners

Think you don't like horror? These titles might change your mind.Read More ›

NYPL's Best Books of 2014

We asked our staff here at the New York Public Library to tell us about the best book they read this year.Read More ›

NYPL Staff Picks (Available in "E")

Recent ebooks in several genres available to check out.Read More ›

Doorways to Romance

How do you like your romance? Driven by story, character, setting or language? (Passion is a given.)Read More ›

Noteworthy Debut Novels 2014

Home run, first time at bat! Here are a few debut novels published this year (2014) that are also worth a look.Read More ›

December Reader's Den: Consider Phlebas Part 2

This week I'd like to delve into the character of Horza, why he is nearly fanatical in his pursuit of the missing Mind and what you think makes him tick. Read More ›

Other Great YA Books

Our reader asked: "I have read and loved all the popular YA books out there: We Were Liars, If I Stay, The Fault In Our Stars... What else do you have for me?"Read More ›
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