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In Defense of Edith Wharton

Wharton is best known by the adaptations of her work — and there have been many. Read More ›

So You've Taken the MTA Conductor Exam... Now What?

A companion post for test takers of the MTA Conductor exam.Read More ›

DC Comics Animated Films

While this is just the beginning of their live-action film plans, DC Comics has some of the most well-known superheroes and has long found success in animated features.Read More ›

Hamilton, An American Musical: A Reading and Resource List

Why was Hamilton so important that he deserves recognition today? Find books and resources on the “10-dollar founding father without a father.”Read More ›

Men, Sex, and the Literary Novel

The discussion of the change in how sex is presented in literary novels, particularly by male authors, has taken place several times over the last few years. This type of novel, which at one point was ubiquitous in the publishing world, has fallen out of favor.Read More ›

Batman vs Superman: Recommended Reading List

Batman vs Superman marks the first time the two heroes have appeared in a live action film together. The story in the film does not come from any particular comic but there were some that provided inspiration, so read them and brush up on your hero knowledge!Read More ›

Preparing for the 2016 MTA Conductor Exam

Where to find the exam prep book and the things you can learn without it—all you need is a library card.Read More ›

The Witch: A Reading and Resource List

Already being touted as one of the best horror films of the year, The Witch is the story of a New England family that slowly begins to fall apart when they are banished from their Pilgrim community. Writer and Director Robert Eggers recently mentioned in an interview that he used the library's resources to do research for the film.Read More ›

Spotlight On: Meshell Ndegeocello

Singer Me'shell Ndegeocello has been in the music industry for over 20 years. Come take a peek into her world and discover the artist behind the music.Read More ›

Antiheroes in Graphic Novels

These characters often work outside of the law, and depending on the situation may be friend or foe to someone in distress. Read on for some of our favorite comic book antiheroes.Read More ›

Waiting for "Empire" Reading and Viewing List

Fox's new television series, Empire, is a family drama set in the hip-hop world. For fans of the show left wanting more, here is a list of fiction and nonfiction titles that you might enjoy.Read More ›

Affordable Housing and Home Buying Assistance in NYC

Finding affordable housing in New York City can be a tedious and sometimes frustrating process. In large part it is difficult because many people don't know what organizations to reach out to or what websites to visit. We've listed sites that provide information on renting and buying a home as well as programs to assist in becoming a home owner. Read More ›

Recommendations: Horror for Beginners

Think you don't like horror? These titles might change your mind.Read More ›

Homemade Natural Beauty Products Made Easy

The Epiphany Library is offering two workshops in April on making beauty products at home. While in the class we are specifically only making two items, lip balm and body scrub (both of which are surprisingly easy), there is also a section in which we discuss why someone would want to do this. Below is the presentation, some handy recipes and also books and websites for the budding beauty alchemist.Read More ›

Book Discussion at Epiphany, "The Wine of Solitude" by Irène Némirovsky

Irène Némirovsky is a well known French writer who became popular in the United States after the posthumous publication of her book Suite Francaise. The book group has read her work once before and decided to revisit her for our September meeting. This time around we read The Wine of Solitude.

At least semi-autobiographical, the book tells the story of Hélène who grows up in a home 

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Book Discussion at Epiphany, "I Am Forbidden" by Anouk Markovits

Jewish history is quite extensive and encompasses a wide range of stories. For the month of July the group continued to focus on this history, as we did in the previous month's selection, by reading the novel I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits. This sweeping tale brings to life the story of a Satmar family (a very strict Hasidic sect), focusing specifically on two young women within the family and their roles as they grow within 

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Book Discussion at Epiphany: "The Dovekeepers" by Alice Hoffman

Continuing with a theme of reading historical fiction the book group read The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. This novel is a sprawling tale based on another event in history. It was our largest book to date at 500 pages but almost every member managed to finish it in time for our meeting. Perhaps this is a testament to Hoffman's storytelling.

The Dovekeepers takes place during the early 70s AD in ancient Judea. At 

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Book Discussion at Epiphany: "Caleb's Crossing" by Geraldine Brooks

The month of May found the Epiphany Book Club tackling a writer beloved by its members. Geraldine Brooks has written several novels, the book club previously read People of the Book. This time around we read her most recent work Caleb's Crossing. Like all of her stories this one is a historical tale which uses a real individual/event as the 

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Book Discussion at Epiphany: "Home" by Toni Morrison

For the month of April, the Epiphany book discussion group discussed the novel Home by Toni Morrison. It is the story of Frank Money, a poor man from the South who goes to fight in the Korean War as a way of escaping his rural town. In the process he leaves behind his fragile sister Cee who has to learn to navigate her world without her big brother/protector. When Frank returns home from the war he 

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