Hey high school seniors and parents – if you’re beginning to think about colleges this year, take a step back, take a deep breath, and let these books help you with selecting the perfect school.
idescendintomadness said: What do you recommend for someone interested in trying some fantasy?
Valiant by Holly Black!
For a modern take: The Magicians by Lev Grossman
- Jill Rothstein, Andrew Heiskell Library
Urban fantasy with a tough guy wizard? Try Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series.
Fun and funny satirical fantasy with amazingly profound and poignant moments? Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.
- Stephanie Whelan, Seward Park Library
Caitlin R. Kiernan for someone interested in urban fantasy.
For someone looking for fantasy with a more traditional sci-fi bent, I’d suggest C.J. Cherryh.
- Jenny Baum, Jefferson Market Library
Not everybody gets it right on the first try – and that’s ok! This reading list showcases that there’s beauty in mistakes.
Regardless of who you root for, Derek Jeter is widely recognized as a great athlete. Today, he will play his last regular season game in pinstripes. Learn more about Jeter’s story, and how The Boy from Kalamazoo became the star he is today.
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It’s Banned Books Week, when the book community supports the freedom to read and raise awareness of challenges to this freedom. Sadly, the banning of books is not a new phenomenon - books were banned as early as the sixteenth century. NYPL’s Rare Book Division holds many of these formerly heretical texts and we encourage you to enjoy them freely!
What was the last book you recommended?
Bough Down by Karen Green, who is not really even supposed to be a writer (she is a visual artist.) And Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation.
Read more from Susan Minot, author and reader, at Ask the Author.
Anonymous said: I'd love to read something spooky for October to get in the mood for Halloween. What do you recommend?
Nonfiction: Talking To The Dead: Kate and Maggie Fox and the Rise of Spiritualism by Barbara Weisberg. Follows the story of the Fox sisters, whose reports about strange noises in their mid-nineteenth-century home and claims that they could talk with ghosts gave rise to contemporary sâeance practices and modern beliefs about spiritualism.
Fiction: Ordinary Horror by David Searcy. This is not your run-of-the-mill horror story. There is a brooding sense of unease and disquiet that permeate the story. More literary than most horror stories - somewhat akin to Henry James’ Turn of the Screw crossed with Stephen King’s The Plant.
- Wayne Roylance, Selection Team
I love Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Flesichman for teens and adults. There is a lot about Houdini’s death on Halloween plus his wife’s attempts, after his death, to contact him during seances….despite Houdini’s deep seated disbelief and full on antagonism towards seances during his lifetime, not to mention his well publicized campaigns to defrock psychics and mediums.
For full on creepy, few things - for me - surpass Clive Barker’s Abarat series, Hiromi Goto’s Half World, or Mo Hayder’s Devil of Nanking.
- Amie Wright, Mgr. MyLibraryNYC
It’s National Talk Like a Pirate Day! Pirates get a bad rap - and rightfully so! They plunder. They pillage. They, well, pirate. But don’t let the peg-legged limps fool you: these guys know how to insert themselves in quality yarns. Meet the most memorable swashbucklers on the high seas of literature, and get ready to find a treasure trove of adventures.