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What Are You Reading? Paula Poundstone Edition

A master of crowd-work, Poundstone’s shows are different every night. Her improvisational style works well for her, not only onstage but as a regular on the NPR show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” She has been a major supporter of libraries throughout the years and is a national spokesperson for the American Library Association’s United for Libraries division. We asked her a few questions about her reading habits.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 ›

Cullman Center Recommends: 15 Books for Summer Reading

The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has had seventeen classes of fellows in residence at The New York Public Library. These gifted independent scholars, creative writers, academics, and visual artists have produced more than one hundred books since 1999, and we recommend fifteen of their recent titles for 2016 summer reading.Read More ›

Michael Meyer Recalls His Year as a Cullman Center Fellow

Michael Meyer, an Assistant Professor with the University of Pittsburgh Department of English is the author of In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland the Transformation of Rural China, written after his year as a Cullman Center Scholar. The book discusses his time in the childhood village of his wife, Frances, in the northeastern China region and explores its history of foreign presence.Read More ›

Podcast #118: Geoff Dyer on Class in America and Good Books

Like many of his previous works, Dyer's latest book White Sands is a book that refuses simple categories. The author discussed his sense that books ought not be understood through a crude matrix of genre.Read More ›

10 Books To Make You Think About the Way You Think

Reflecting on our beliefs and motives, decisions and reactions, helps us grow. Here are a few titles from the arenas of Human and Social Behavior that offer insight into our psyches. Read More ›

Meditations on Our Sense of Smell

How often do you think about smell and scents? Take a smellwalk through our shelves for books on this sometimes inscrutable sense.Read More ›

Booktalking "Leadership BS" by Jeffrey Pfeffer

Managing emotional expression may be the key to social mobility and attaining higher-paying careers. Leaders are not always modest because they must display confidence.Read More ›

Spring Into Spring: Fresh, Clean, and Green Reading

These nonfiction picks may inspire you to get into the swing of spring. Read More ›

#FridayReads Reading Roundup: Suffragettes, Feminisms, and Young Womyn Detectives

A big shout-out for Women's History Month from us here at NYPL Recommends!Read More ›

Reflections on Irish and Italian Immigration, Animosity, and Eventual Understanding

In his book, An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York’s Irish and Italians, Paul Moses recounts the history of two long-established immigrant groups that were so often in conflict.Read More ›

Reading Harder in 2016! Update 1

Way back at the end of 2015, a few of us accepted Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge for the upcoming year. We promised to pop in with periodic updates about our progress, and here’s our first one!Read More ›

Books and E-Books for the Romantically Challenged

Whether you are looking to find a relationship, keep a relationship alive or leave it, we have a book or an e-book for you.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 ›

2015 Schomburg Bestsellers List

From memoirs, to science fiction, and beautiful photo collections, take home a copy of each from the Schomburg Gift Shop before they sell out!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 ›

11 Podcast Episodes from 2015 That Will Get You Hooked

We've received advice from a Supreme Court Justice, gotten the inside scoop on Mad Men from its creator, and taken book recommendations from a rock star.Read More ›

Readings for New Year's Resolutions

The Library is a great place to find information to help you start off the New Year on the right foot.Read More ›

Delicious Reads from December's Open Book Night

With the holidays at our doorstep, there’s one thing that’s sure to be on everyone’s mind: food! So naturally, this December we here at Mid-Manhattan decided to dedicate our monthly Open Book Night to a discussion of favorite food or cooking related books.Read More ›
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