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Invitation to a Book Social: Open Book Night at Mid-Manhattan


Our February 13, 2015 Open Book Night discussion was a success!  We shared books over hot tea on a very cold evening and talked about books we love. Readers like you recommended a diverse variety of fiction and nonfiction ranging from motivational to culturally rich titles (see the complete list below).

Our next Open Book Night will be on Friday, April 10 with the theme of New Beginnings and will continue throughout the year on the second Friday of each month. Please join us in April with a book that helped you make a fresh start, put a spring in your step, or let you discover or learn something new!

While you wait for spring, try one of these recommended titles from our February discussion:


House Girl
Davita's Harp

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
Zoo Station by David Downing
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
1984 by George Orwell
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
Davita’s Harp by Chaim Potok
Mood Indigo by Boris Vian 


Jump Back Honey
The Dog Who Could Fly

The Complete 101 Collection by John C. Maxwell (At NYPL:  Maxwell’s Ethics 101 )
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
And Still We Rise: A Year in the Life of Gifted Inner-City High School Students by Miles Corwin
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew at His Side by Damien Lewis
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang 

Titles not currently in the NYPL collection:

Please plan to join and share with us at these upcoming Open Book Nights. But, if you can’t make it to Open Book Night in person, please feel free to share a book you love in the comments section below.

Schedule of upcoming Open Book Nights

Mid-Manhattan Library
Fridays - 6–7 pm
First Floor, Corner Room

April 10 - New Beginnings
May 8 - Nature
June 12 - Sports
July 10 - Music
August 14 - Travel
September 11 - New York
October 9 - The Occult
November 13 - Thanksgiving
December 11 - Food


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First Open Book Night

I attended the first Open Book Night with a friend, and it was a great opportunity to share a love of reading with other voracious and like minded lovers of the written word. The librarians were engaging, and I got many ideas of just what to read next. My list grows and grows, and I am looking forward to April 10th!

Thank you, Joanne. Can't wait

Thank you, Joanne. Can't wait to hear what you will recommend to us next!

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