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What's Your Name?

Children's books whose namesakes are proud to be who they are.

Librarians on ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

Personal reflections on Harper Lee's first (and until now, only) novel.

Who's the King of Ohio?

Stephen King asked Twitter to come up with great novels about Ohio, and we rose to the challenge.

Finding Love in NYC, Literally

The city that never sleeps is the backdrop for some of literature’s best love stories. Here are our favorite romantic scenes that take place in the city, plus a map with their locations.

Presidential Biographies for Presidents' Day

Here is a list of biographies that will take the reader well beyond high school history and National Gallery portraits to understand these men as anything but clear-cut themselves.

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.

The Journalist’s Journey

Long-form nonfiction can be a great way to get a behind-the-scenes look at not just the "what" and the "why," but also the "how."

Mental Health: A History

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), now in its fifth edition, is used as an authority for psychiatric diagnosis and is constantly under criticism, in controversy, or under revision. Clearly, the diagnosis of mental disorders in an ever-evolving practice. Here are a few books on the history of mental health.

Our YA Movie Wishlist

Hollywood has officially gone YA, and blockbusters that started as young-adult fiction abound. So, we asked our team of expert librarians for their wishlists: What’s a YA book you’d like to see turned into a movie, and whom would you cast in the leading role?

Famous Literary Locales, Visualized

Public domain images from Digital Collections that remind us of classic books.

Stressed Out? Try a Literary Rx

Here’s a selection of recent titles, ranging from personal stories to practical self-help guides, that tackle different approaches to easing our minds and breathing through the stress.

Bibliotherapy: A Little Self-Help

If the gray days of winter have you feeling blue, try a little self-help reading. Warning! May cause mindfulness, self-awareness, and a better psychic state.

Following in Winnie's Pawprints

Kids cannot live by Winnie-the-Pooh alone, so we asked our picture-book experts here at NYPL to tell us about their favorite stories that feature bears as the protagonists.

Move over, Binge-Watching...

... because it's time for some binge-reading. Start 2016 with some series that you might want to race through the same way you raced through Master of None and Making a Murderer.

Fascinating Histories

Question: What do vitamins, autism, rain, the Chamber of Commerce, DARPA, St. Mark's Place, and the Vatican all have in common? Answer: Recently published, well researched, and reported histories.

Unlikely Friendships in Children's Books

Much like the gifs, memes, and images we find online, children's fiction is also full of unlikely animal friendships.

Carry On, Carry On...

Move over, Harry Potter… there's a new boy wizard in town.

Our Most-Recommended Books of 2015

Reflecting on the 365234298657 billion books (an exact number) we recommended this past year.

NYPL's Suggestions for the 2016 Read Harder Challenge

Read outside your comfort zone this year! Check out our recommendations for Book Riot's annual challenge.

Thankful for Books: A Reading List from Open Book Night

At our last Open Book Night we asked our Mid-Manhattan readers to share a book or an author they were thankful for, or to tell us about a story or book they associated with Thanksgiving.

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