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Liberty and Happiness: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Classic self-help books, engaging fiction, 18th-century American history, and Jane Austen were some of the topics we discussed at our last Open Book Night, when the theme was “liberty and happiness.” Read More ›

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Epic journeys by ship and by train, stories of survival in wartime, and elephants were some of the topics we discussed at last month’s Open Book Night. We asked readers to share a reading journey with us, including books about travel and transportation, favorite armchair adventures, or virtual voyages.Read More ›

A Manhattanhenge Reading List

Manhattanhenge is coming next week, and we’ve made a reading list to celebrate! Read More ›

May 2017 International Fiction Bestsellers

This month we checked out fiction bestsellers in Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Peru, and Taiwan and found a mixture of novels by local authors, translations of international bestsellers, and some poetry.Read More ›

We Are New Yorkers: A Reading List for NYC Immigrant Heritage Week

Here are some vivid representations of the New York immigrant experience in fiction, as well as a few memoirs and biographies of New Yorkers past and present, who arrived here from all over the world and made their mark on our city. Read More ›

March 2017 International Fiction Bestsellers

Are you interested in what people around the world are reading? Travel the bestseller lists with us! This month we checked out bestsellers in Colombia, Egypt, Greece, Ireland, and Malaysia. Read More ›

Life in All Its Granite Hardness: A Selection of Irish Noir

Bleak, dark, grimly realistic, morally and psychologically complex with a dash of gallows humor. Scandinavian Noir has some serious competition from its Irish cousin. Check out some Irish crime writers this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.Read More ›

Ain't Nothin' but a Book Love Thang: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Our theme this month was “Ain’t Nothin’ but a Love Thang”, and we asked readers to share books they love, books about love, and books about things they love. Read More ›

2016 International Fiction Bestsellers

Which fiction titles topped the charts around the world last year? We looked at bestseller lists for 2016 from nine other countries.Read More ›

Food and Celebration: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Last month when we gathered for Open Book Night, our theme was food and celebration. Oysters came up several times as well as some fictional meals that were far from celebratory. We heard about favorite cookbooks and food memoirs and a few titles readers really enjoyed that had little to do with food but fit the mood.Read More ›

Happy National Cookie (Lit) Day!

We're celebrating National Cookie Day with a list of literary-related cookie recipes.Read More ›

November 2016 International Fiction Bestsellers

This month, we took a close look at the bestseller lists in Canada, Dominican Republic, Israel, Portugal, and Turkey to see what fiction titles are popular with readers there.Read More ›

Shakespeare Around the Globe: Films and Books in the World Languages Collection

Discover world cinema inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.Read More ›

September 2016 International Fiction Bestsellers: China, Nigeria, Poland, Spain, UAE

Do you ever wonder what books are popular with readers in other countries? We do, so we’ve been taking a look at some bestseller lists from around the world to see what people are reading.Read More ›

Olympic Reading: 192 Authors from around the World

As the 2016 Olympic Games draw to a close in Rio, don’t let that feeling of international fellowship and connection fade away. Read More ›

Summer in the City: A Reading List from Open Book Night

At our last Open Book Night at Mid-Manhattan Library, we asked readers to share a quintessential summer in the city book, a book that evokes summer in New York or another city or a book that helps them survive summer in the city. Read More ›

July 2016 International Fiction Bestsellers: France, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, and Sweden

What are people reading around the world?Read More ›

The Natural World: A Reading List from Open Book Night

Books about hiking, evolution, human nature, dogs and cats, city parks and gardens, and classic fiction were among the titles readers recommended at our Open Book Night last month when we suggested the topic “the natural world.”Read More ›

May 2016 International Fiction Bestsellers: Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Russia

A satirical Swedish novel, a favorite Sicilian detective, and teen dystopian romance top the bestseller lists in Germany, Italy, and Brazil. Novels by native authors are popular in Argentina and Russia, and everyone loves Jojo Moyes!Read More ›

Learn English With Shakespeare: Free Websites and Books for English Language Learners

Shakespeare’s language can be a challenge for fluent English speakers. If you’re an English language learner, you might think that Shakespeare is not for for you, but there are many different ways you can learn about his work, his life, and his language and improve your English skills. Read More ›
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