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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: 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 ›

The Reader's Den: After Claude by Iris Owens

I came to Iris Owens and her 1973 novel, After Claude, after looking through seemingly endless lists looking for the perfect literary antiheroine, in keeping with this year's Reader's Den theme of superheroes and antiheroes. 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 ›

Reader's Den: Tigerman by Nick Harkaway (Week 1)

Throughout the month of May, as part of Reader's Den at New York Public Library, we will be discussing Nick Harkaway's 2014 novel Tigerman.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Part 4

Critical reception and further reading from the author, Jill Lepore.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Part 3

This week, let's take a look at the cultural impact and uses of Wonder Woman through these resources for further reading.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Part 2

The outfits, accessories, and weaponry of our wonderful superheroine.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Secret History of Wonder Woman, Part 1

Welcome to the March 2015 Reader's Den! This month we'll be reading The Secret History of Wonder Woman by feminist historian Jill Lepore. Lepore details the life story of Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston.Read More ›

Reader's Den: Elizabeth is Missing, Part 4

Welcome back to final comments and questions on Emma Healy's debut novel, Elizabeth is Missing. Read More ›

Reader's Den: Elizabeth Is Missing, Part 3

More questions for discussion and suggestions for further reading.Read More ›

Reader's Den: Elizabeth Is Missing, Part 2

Questions for discussion.Read More ›

Reader's Den: Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healy

Maud Horsham is 82, struggling with dementia, and determined to find her missing friend, Elizabeth. Armed with her notes and her fear that something may have happened to Elizabeth, Maud sets out to investigate. Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Stranger, Part 3

For further reading on themes found in The Stranger, try these titles.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Stranger, Part 2

This week we look at the author, Albert Camus, and offer a few questions for discussion.Read More ›

Reader's Den: The Stranger by Albert Camus

I hope you will find it a relief to spend January reading a novel that takes place in the full sun of the Algerian summer, although the story may not bask so lazily in your mind. Also, it is a novella, so it won’t be too difficult to stick to your New Year’s resolution to read more.Read More ›
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