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Humans and Nature: A Reading List from Open Book Night

When we asked people to share books related to the theme of nature at our recent Open Book Night, we heard about titles related to both the natural world and to human nature, with an emphasis on humankind’s relationship to nature.

Book List: Can't Get Enough of Wolf Hall?

Reading (and watching) Wolf Hall was such an engrossing experience that it sent me into a tailspin where I read anything I could get my hands on about England during the Renaissance era. Here are some of the best books I found.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Picks for Adults

It is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, so to celebrate these writers we asked our staff here at NYPL to name some of their favorites. Here is what they had to say.

Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian Book List

The Bronx Library Center is one of several libraries hosting an initiative to develop reading and discussion programs for veterans, as well as their families, friends, service providers, and caregivers.

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.

New Beginnings: A Reading List from Open Book Night

When we asked people to share books related to the theme of “new beginnings,” we got a really wide range of fiction and nonfiction book recommendations: spiritual, nutritional, philosophical, emotional, geographic, artistic, political, physical, and meteorological.

My Spring Break Reading List

Lilian at Hamilton Grange shares her plan for a relaxing and book-filled spring break.

Selma Reading List

A reading list for all ages to accompany the movie Selma.

Food Studies 101 Reading List

With the holidays upon us, food is a topic at the front of our minds. The centerpiece of our tables, cultures, and familial traditions, food is nourishment for both body and mind. What we eat, however, is also at the center of a growing discipline that marries science and the humanities.

Ecocriticism 101 Reading List

In response to rising concerns about the environment, a tremendous outpouring of fiction, nonfiction, movies, and music that tackle the issue both directly and indirectly have infiltrated our daily rosters of cultural consumption.

Haunted Children Book List

As you will see, my obsession with horror began in elementary school when my reading list consisted mostly of ghost tales. Thanks to the following authors I often found myself reading under the covers with a flashlight late at night.

What Was on Your High School English Reading List?

It feels like it's been a long, long, long time since I've sat in a high school English class. I remember them really well, though.

My Fall Reading List: YA Series from Marie Lu and More

I would recommend the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu to anyone, teen or adult.

Misfit Memoirs: A Book List

I love a great memoir, and I noticed recently that I tend towards a certain sub-genre of memoirs, those of the mistfit variety. These memoirs are usually brutally honest, self-deprecating, and describe life at the fringes of society, or at least behavior that most of us would be embarrassed, horrified or shocked by. Most are funny and tend to be insightful, and whether it’s a well-known celebrity or someone I’ve never heard of, I find them relatable and refreshing.

The Leftovers Reading List

Before it was an HBO hit, The Leftovers was a book by Tom Perrotta. Each episode revolves around one of the four members of the Garvey family, following a mysterious "rapture" that disappeared 2% of the world's population. Before you start to binge or after you are finished here are some other books featuring interconnected stories you might enjoy.

A Bronx Week Reading List: May 8-18

One of the unique features of the Bronx is that is has a week dedicated to showcasing and celebrating all its wonderful attributes: history, literature, culture, etc. Here is a reading list which is sure to spark your interests in all things Bronx!

Reference Book List: A Selection of 'Classic' Artist Manuals

Although we may not know for sure that a certain artist consulted a certain manual, they provide important clues. In a way, these books tell a story about the history of art from the point of view of the practitioners.

Book List for Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Children's Book List: Spring is in the Air!

Spring officially arrived last week, but the past few days have been chilly and blustery. Hopefully, this year the season will come in like a lion and out like a lamb. Remember, these windy, wet weeks will lead to sunshine.

Inspired by "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey:" A Science Reading List For Kids

Have you been captivated by Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, the recent follow-up to Carl Sagan's seminal documentary series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage? Me too. While the engaging style would likely draw in high school and perhaps middle grade students, it might be a bit too advanced for the younger crowd, despite some amazing visuals and animations. But why wait to introduce them to basic concept of the world, nay, cosmos they live in? History, nature, and the scientific method can really activate an imagination, stimulate curiosity, and provoke inquiry.


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