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The Reader’s Den is an online book discussion group offering library readers with busy lifestyles a convenient way to connect with books and The New York Public Library.  This virtual discussion is accessible 24/7 and gives readers an opportunity to spark insightful discussions with the surrounding community by reading at his or her own pace.

Suggestions and questions can be sent to readersden@nypl.org.

Check the schedule for past and upcoming book titles for discussion.

Reader's Den: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, Part 3

It is time to bring this year's round of Reader's Dens to a close, and we will finish with some recommendations for folks wanting more gruesome sword and sorcery. Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, Part 2

Conan is a name that conjures a multitude of images. There is the campy cult classic film starring a young Arnold Schwarzenegger in the titular role. You have Conan as imagined by various comic illustrators. Even the acclaimed modern fantasy author Robert Jordan put his own spin on the legendary barbarian. Read More ›

December Reader's Den: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

“Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet.” That's a guy who needs no further introduction.Read More ›

Reader's Den November - Hell Hath No Fury: Gone Girl, Medea, and the Allure of the Femme Fatale, Part 2

Both Gone Girl and Medea feature two classic examples of the Femme Fatale archetype. In this installment of the Reader's Den, we will examine the appearance of the vengeful female or femme fatale as portrayed in film. Read More ›

Reader's Den November - Hell Hath No Fury: Gone Girl, Medea, and the Allure of the Femme Fatale, Part 1

This familiar trope plays out in a complex web of nail-biting intrigue in Gillian Flynn's popular mystery novel and screenplay Gone Girl, but this theme of punishing a philandering spouse to the extreme has ancient roots.Read More ›

October Reader's Den: Just Call Me Superhero, Part 3

Feel free to discuss any points that came to mind as you finished the book. At the end of the post, there is also a list of suggested titles with themes similar to those within Just Call Me Superhero.Read More ›

October Reader's Den: Just Call Me Superhero, Part 2

"They didn't look at me because I was outside their field of vision and thus outside their world, but I could still sense it." Join us in this month's book discussion.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Human Body by Paolo Giordano, Part 3

If you are looking for another war novel to get you fired up about the battlefield or home front, or if you are itching to find a protagonist dealing with the trials and tribulations caused by the world around them, take a look at these suggested titles.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Human Body by Paolo Giordano, Part 2

I take my hat off to you for continuing this discussion of The Human Body on Reader's Den. See below some questions to consider for your reading.Read More ›

October Reader's Den: Just Call Me Superhero, Part 1

"They didn't look at me because I was outside their field of vision and thus outside their world, but I could still sense it." Join us in this month's book discussion.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Human Body by Paolo Giordano

Join us this month as we discuss the psychological impact of comradeship, family, and war taken on by a platoon of Italian soldiers based in Afghanistan.Read More ›

Reader's Den: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Part 2

Discussion questions for A Walk in the Woods.Read More ›

Readers Den: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Interview and Wrap Up

Welcome back to the Reader's Den as we wrap up July's book. I hope you have enjoyed Karen Abbott's book Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy as much as I have. I talked to the author about what she likes to read (when she's not busy writing!)Read More ›

August in the Reader's Den: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Part 1

Welcome back to the Reader’s Den! This August we’re making a virtual escape from the hot and steamy New York summer with Bill Bryson’s classic travelogue, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, originally published in 1996.Read More ›

Reader's Den: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, Week 3

Share your questions for the author in the comments section, to be answered next time.Read More ›

Reader's Den: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, Week 2

Welcome to the second week of July's Reader's Den. In keeping with this year's theme of Superheroes, we're taking on a different approach: seeing a 'hero' from multiple perspectives. Read More ›

Reader's Den: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, Week 1

On the heels of the Fourth of July, we will be discussing Karen Abbott's book Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy.Read More ›

Reader's Den: After Claude, Week 3

Thank you for joining us this month in the Reader’s Den, as we continue our year long focus on superheroes and anti-heroes, with the ultimate antiheroine, After Claude's Harriet.Read More ›

Reader's Den: Tigerman by Nick Harkaway (Week 3)

For our third and final Reader's Den discussion of Tigerman by Nick Harkaway, we will be looking at Chapters 7-21 of the book.Read More ›

Reader's Den: After Claude by Iris Owens, Week 2

After Claude's Harriet is nothing if not offensive. So, is it wrong to kind of want to hang out with her, if only for a few hours? That question and more, in this week's discussion questions! Read More ›
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