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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 Secret History of Wonder Woman, Part 1

Their relationship grew out of Marston's theories of love, which he explored in his book, Emotions of Normal People, co-authored by Marston, Holloway, and Byrne, yet only credited to him (p.126). Olive Byrne wore metallic wrist bracelets after the birth of her child, very similar to the ones that Wonder  Woman uses to fend off bullets, and continued to wear them constantly.

Wonder Woman's character, as defined by Marston, is 

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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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

December Reader's Den: Consider Phlebas

Iain Banks's debut novel is a terrific space opera to while away the cold hours with. It's the kind of meaty science fiction the mind will digest for days or weeks after reading.Read More ›

November Reader's Den: The Keeper of Lost Causes, Part 2

Adler-Olsen admits in an interview that growing up in the mental hospitals in Denmark where his father worked had a big influence on his writing and his life.Read More ›

November Reader's Den: The Keeper of Lost Causes, Part 1

The plot revolves around an attractive, popular Member of the Danish Parliament, Merete Lynggaard, who disappeared from a ferry in 2002 while on a holiday trip to Germany with her brother Uffe.Read More ›

October 2014 Reader's Den: "Going to the Dogs: The Story of a Moralist" by Erich Kästner, Part 1

This month we’re taking a trip to Weimar Germany via Going to the Dogs: The Story of a Moralist by Erich Kästner, translated from the German by Cyrus Brooks. This novel, originally published in Germany in 1931 under the title Fabian, follows Jakob Fabian, a well educated but underemployed youngish man, as he moves through a decaying Berlin after the economic crash of 1929.Read More ›

September Reader's Den: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, Part 2

Excerpts, discussion questions and suggestions for further reading based on Predictably Irrational.Read More ›

September Reader's Den: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, Part 1

I often find myself amazed by how weird humans are, so I appreciate books that prove we're all nuts. In the interest of sharing these hilarious, intriguing, and helpful case studies, this month I will be leading the Reader's Den in discussing the book Predictably Irrational, by Dan Ariely.Read More ›

August Reader's Den: The Circle by Dave Eggers, Part II

Welcome to Part II of August in the Reader’s Den. We have been discussing Dave Egger’s novel about a monomaniacal digital corporation called The Circle. Our protagonist, Mae Holland, has grown ever more fervently to believe in the positive social impact of ‘completing’ the Circle. Read More ›

August Reader's Den: The Circle by Dave Eggers, Part I

Welcome to August in the Reader's Den! This month we will be discussing Dave Egger's novel The Circle, about an all too familiar social media mega-corporation (called The Circle) that is slowly but surely invading every single aspect of our daily lives. The central theme posits—do we even have a right to privacy anymore? What if we were forced to share the details of our private lives with everyone, and would it make for a more open and just society? Or just the opposite... Read More ›

July Reader's Den: "Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It" by David Ewalt - Wrap Up

Hello and welcome to the wrap up of Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It by David M. Ewalt. I hope you enjoy or are enjoying the book as much as I have. If you have any comments or questions please feel free to write below. For August the book is The Circle by David Eggers.Read More ›
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