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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 ›

A Manhattanhenge Reading List

Happy first day of summer! Manhattanhenge is coming soon, and we’ve made a reading list! 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 ›

Women in Print: A Reading List from Open Book Night

At our March Open Book Night readers recommended a wide variety of books by favorite women authors, from contemporary fiction to older favorites, even questioning the authorship of a great classic of Western literature. Read More ›

In With the New! A Reading List from Open Book Night

We had asked readers to tell us about a book that helped them explore or learn something new or to share a recently discovered book or author they loved.Read More ›

Recommended at Open Book Night: Patron Picks in "E"

Not sure what to read next? Check out these book recommendations from fellow book lovers! Read More ›

Download Your Next Nonfiction Read: Author @ the Library in "E"

Are you looking for a good nonfiction read to download? Every month the Mid-Manhattan Library presents a series of Author @ the Library lectures featuring recent nonfiction books on a wide range of subjects, and many of these titles are available to borrow as e-books. Read More ›

Early 1970s Fiction: 45 Novels for 45 Years of Mid-Manhattan

Just in time for #tbt... award winners, best sellers and cultural touchstones from the early 1970s. Read More ›
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