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Ask the Author: Mark Strand

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

Contemporary Southern Writers

Seven recent books by Southern writers.Read More ›

The Banned Books We Love

Seven librarians' favorite challenged titles.Read More ›

Reading About Book Discussion Groups

October is National Reading Group Month, so let's read something together.Read More ›

Ask the Author: Susan Minot

Susan Minot likes to read paper pages and other real things. She comes to Books at Noon on Wednesday, September 24 to discuss her latest work, Thirty Girls.Read More ›

What We're Reading: September 2014

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

10 Pirate Romances for Talk Like a Pirate Day

Heroines on the high seas say "shiver me timbers" for these swashbuckling titles.Read More ›

While You Wait For "The Orphan Train" Why Not Try…

Like The Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline, these moving, character-driven titles delve into the subjects of orphans, foster care, family issues, unexpected friendships, secrets, rediscovery and the promise of second chances.Read More ›

X Marks the Spot: The Most Treasured Pirates in Literature

Pirates get a bad rap—and rightfully so! They plunder. They pillage. They, well, pirate. But pirates also have financial savvy (booty-finding skills), cool hardware (swords, hooks, etc.), marketing prowess (skulls and crossbones), and killer diving boards (planks.) Don't let the peg-legged limps fool you: these guys know how to insert themselves in quality yarns. Meet the most memorable swashbucklers on the high seas of literature, and get ready to find a treasure trove of adventures.Read More ›

10 Very Scottish Books

Today as Scotland votes on independence, a list of Scottish favorites.Read More ›

Ask the Author: Joseph O'Neill and Hal Foster

For this installment, we're doubling down with Joseph O'Neill and Hal Foster before they discuss O'Neill's new novel The Dog, which he wrote during his Cullman Fellowship in 2009-2010. Read More ›

Ask the Author: Tom Perrotta

Tom Perrotta discusses Tolkien, football stories, and how to eat alone. Read More ›

Ten Books That Have Stayed With Me....

You may have been tagged in a social media chain making the rounds in which you are supposed to list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. The goal is not to overthink it; simply take a few minutes and answer.Read More ›

Tycoons: Real and Imagined

Whether you're a penny pincher or a big spender, tycoons offer a wealth of fascinating stories. These books, both fiction and nonfiction, dramatize big business. From captains of industry to investment bankers, these money bags characters have stories worth their weight in gold.Read More ›

Reading IS Fun! Teen Summer Reading at Battery Park

Teens had a great summer at Battery Park. Our Teen Advisory Group met for snacks, conversation, and book discussion. Nick, Dhruv and Caleb made an awesome video about Summer Reading that got the whole staff laughing—come to a TAG meeting and check it out! This fall we'll be meeting Thursdays at 4 p.m. Read More ›

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 ›
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