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Where to Start with Amy Tan

If you haven't read any Amy Tan, her work is a treasure trove of beautiful stories about immigration, intergenerational division, and the Chinese-American experience. Check out our list of recommended novels to start with to learn more.Read More ›

Where to Start with Toni Morrison

February 18 marks the birthday of Toni Morrison, once of the most highly celebrated American novelists of the latter 20th century and an icon of black literature and thought. Read More ›

Kilts, Cupcakes, and Romance Novels: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 31

Frank and Gwen dive into two very different romance novels with NYPL librarians Annie Lin and Kate Fais. Plus: a super-clean podcast, a binge-watch-able show, and a gender-bending picture book.Read More ›

Why We Love LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton is a notable actor, director, and author. To library folk and other bookworms, however, he is likely best known as the host and executive producer of Reading Rainbow.Read More ›

15 Books and Films To Mend a Broken Heart

Check out this list of books and films that remind readers and viewers that love can be complicated, and they are not alone in experiencing relationship frustrations. Read More ›

Black Scientists Who Changed the World

In honor of Black History Month — and riding high on the box office success of Hidden Figures — we wanted to learn more about the lives of black scientists, many of whom were long overlooked by historians.Read More ›

The Ultimate Thriller Guide

All thrillers are suspenseful, compelling, and intensifying, but the genre runs both broad and deep.Read More ›

5 Films Noir Inspired by Novels

A review of 5 mystery novels and the films noir that they inspired.Read More ›

Waiting for a Copy of 1984? Try One of These.

Orwell's classic isn't the only dystopian game in town. While you're waiting, check out some of these other serious, thought-provoking novels on our shelves—physical and virtual—right now.Read More ›

NYPL #FridayReads: The Shadows of Washington and Groundhogs Edition February 3, 2017

During the week, it can be tough to stay on top of everything. On Fridays, though, we suggest kicking back to catch up on all the delightful literary reading the internet has to offer. Don’t have the time to hunt for good reads? Never fear. We've rounded up the best bookish reading of the week for you.Read More ›

Download Your Next Nonfiction Read

Every month, 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 ›

7 Books About Twins For the Carters

Here are seven books about twins for Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Blue Ivy...and the rest of us. Watch out Blue Ivy, everything is about to change! Read More ›

At Home and Abroad: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 30

With books on the Syrian refugee crisis and American "hillbilly" culture, Frank and Gwen are looking for a deeper undstanding of the world here at home, and abroad. Also, dinosaurs. And then, the inimitable Nancy Aravecz, NYPL trainee and library-school student, joins us to talk about the core principles of libraries and the equal-opportunity learning at Jefferson Market University.Read More ›

Words That Readers Can’t Say

English is a difficult and capricious (kah-PRI-shuss) language, and we’ve compiled a huge list of words that our NYPL book experts mispronounced as kids — or still do! — because they’d only seen them in print.Read More ›

RoboTakeover at NYPL!

Come join us for RoboTakeover at NYPL, a hands-on robotics workshop for kids, at a branch near you. Read More ›

February Author at the Library Program

Each month, The New York Public Library is proud to offer a curated selection of non-fiction authors discussing their work and answering questions at Mid-Manhattan Library. 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 ›

True Stories of Refugees

Two recent works of longform journalism about the plight of refugees that we would like to recommend.Read More ›

In Defense of Edith Wharton

Wharton is best known by the adaptations of her work — and there have been many. Read More ›

ALA Announces Newbery, Caldecott, King, Printz Winners 2017

The American Library Association announced the winners of their many Youth Media Awards this weekend at the Midwinter meeting in Atlanta. Read More ›
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