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Sartre, Camus, or Louis C.K.?

It's the 110th birthday of existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. In his honor, we present a quiz with a touch of the ridiculous.Read More ›

June 2015 Graphic Novel Guidance: The New York Four

There are only constant three things in life that have the ability to never get old, and cause everyone to gush indescribable joy: baseball, foreign cinema, and anything inside the genus of comic books/graphic novels/manga. Here, we'll help you reach nirvana by giving you a nudge in the right direction.Read More ›

What's Your Literary Waterloo?

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s infamous defeat, we asked our NYPL staff members: What’s a book you’ve never been able to conquer? Read More ›

Going Southern Goth

Dark in tone and set in an atmosphere of decay and decline, Southern Gothic lit is colored by that intense, damp, uniquely Southern heat pressing down on its characters and stories.Read More ›

New LGBTQ Picks for Teens

NYC Pride is almost here, and we're celebrating with a new crop of books for young members of the LGBTQ community.Read More ›

Book Notes From The Underground: June 2015 (New Books)

Although the summer is traditionally a slow season in the publishing world, it doesn't mean that there aren't any interesting books being published. Here are a few titles published this month that may appeal to you.Read More ›

Madame Bovary's Cultural Mark

Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary was more than just an exciting novel, it set a standard for novels, and created a buzzword about having a glamorized, exaggerated conception about oneself.Read More ›

What Would Olivia Pope Read?

It’ll be three long months until Scandal returns to TV. In the meantime, your NYPL librarians picked out some books—science fiction to political thrillers to self-help to romance—that everyone’s favorite D.C. fixer might read to pass the time.Read More ›

Summer of STEM

Scientifically minded kids have some great new nonfiction titles to choose from when they’re looking for a summer read.Read More ›

New YA from New Authors

An intersex teen, a deadly meteor, and an army of the undead… an impressive collection of writers are making their young-adult debuts with these 10 tantalizing reads.Read More ›

The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer

It was fortuitous that I heard Pico Iyer explaining the origins of his first, last and middle names to Krista Tippett on her radio show, On Being. I've been waiting to read whatever his newest book would be ever since I wrote the post on Traveling Vicariously with Pico Iyer. Read More ›

​For Dads Who Don't Play Golf (Not That There's Anything Wrong with That)

If you’re looking for something a little different this year, check out books for a wide variety of dads—as long as they’re readers.Read More ›

Librarians on ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Personal reflections on Harper Lee's first (and until now, only) novel.Read More ›

Summer Shorts

Twelve staff members here at the library selected a short story. We recorded them each reading the story and talking about the reason behind their selections. We will release one story per week for the entire summer.Read More ›

A Summer of "Rogues" and Romance

If you’re Regency romance fan and have yet to read a Company of Rogues novel by Jo Beverley, then boy do I have a summer challenge/project for you! Read More ›

Anticipation: YA Summer Releases

Can't wait for the new young-adult titles coming out this summer? Put the summer's most popular releases on hold right now and get them the moment they arrive.Read More ›

Dorks, Yoga, and Creepy Vacations: New Summer Picks for 8-to-12 Year Olds

Summertime is reading time—and that means the release of eagerly anticipated new installments in beloved series, plus some first-time authors with original offerings.Read More ›

Before You Visit ‘Paper Towns’...

Nerdfighters are counting down the days until “Paper Towns”—the movie version of John Green’s 2008 novel, following last summer’s blockbuster version of The Fault In Our Stars —hits theaters on July 24. While you wait to watch Q and co. take their road trip on the big screen, help pass the time with a few other character-driven YA titles with elements of mystery and travel.Read More ›

Reader's Den: Tigerman by Nick Harkaway (Week 2)

Welcome to our online book discussion of Nick Harkaway's Tigerman as part of Reader's Den at New York Public Library.Read More ›

Up Your Kid-Lit Game

Everyone knows Goodnight Moon and Blueberries for Sal, but there’s a world of undiscovered children’s books just waiting for a new audience. This week, NYPL staff recommend pairs of children’s books: a classic plus a newer release, for adults ready to move beyond their own beloved childhood stories.Read More ›
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