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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 ›

Open Book Night: Looking Forward, Looking Back

An informal, devoted group of readers discuss books we have read or are reading—based on a loose theme—each month. 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 ›

13 Romance Novels Set in Cornwall

Cornwall is a never-ending feast for the eyes: here are 13 romance novels guaranteed to transport you to those dream-laden shores.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 ›

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 ›

Horrifying Tales: A Reading List from Open Book Night

October’s Open Book Night took place on one of the most bone-chilling days we have had this year.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 ›

Lost and Found in Translation: Selected Novels Translated from Other Languages

Only 3% of the books published in the United States are works in translation. Here’s a list to help you challenge yourself, read something out of your comfort zone, and discover new literature from around the world.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 ›

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 ›

Warcraft Cometh... as a Book: Novels Based on Video Games

As we approach the premier of the long-awaited World of Warcraft movie on June 10, I thought it would be a great time to take a look at some of the books that have been based on video games.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 ›

Celebrating Short Story Cycles

Short stories that are linked to one another can have an engrossing effect, much like the prestige cable dramas of today. Try one of the collections on this list during May, Short Story Month.Read More ›

Experimental but Approachable

You don’t need a Ph.D. in comparative literature to enjoy books that play with language or toss aside linear plots.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 ›

#FridayReads Roundup: The Little Prince, Election Buzz & Journalists on ISIS

Looking for a great book? Join us on Twitter this morning @NYPLRecommends from 10-11 AM. The Librarian is IN: taking requests and giving recommendations.Read More ›

Happy Birthday To The Little Prince

The Little Prince, a novella, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery was first published on April 6, 1943. If you read and loved it, here are a few other titles that are fantastic, magical, whimsical, perfect for the 9-12 year old set, and also feature princes.Read More ›
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