Imposter. Con man. Rip-off artist. Sham. They’re all words for those who faking it is an occupation. Some of the phonies on this list are fictional, while some come straight from real life. Whether you’re interested in teasing out the differences between appearances and reality or you just like a good thriller, our favorite scam stories will make you look at charming strangers in a whole new light.
Emma Straub, author of The Vacationers, just sent in a #ireadeverywhere selfie from the comfort of her bed, adding that she “loves getting to stay in bed with a good book”. You’re making us jealous, Emma! Where are you reading today?
We are so excited about our LIVE from the NYPL Fall 2014 season, with speakers like Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman and George Clinton!
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, August 4th at 10:00am, but if you become a Friend of the Library you’ll get access to today’s presale, as well as receive 40% off tickets, and pay no service fees. Hurry - before tickets sell out!
Get ready for reading inspiration to strike you as you’re walking down the street! Stop by the 5th Ave windows of the Mid-Manhattan Library for summer reading suggestions posted by our staff and patrons! They’ll also be posting titles on social media using the hashtag #MMLSummerRead so make sure to follow along!
Top Circulating Adult Fiction Titles in 2013
- Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
- The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
- Inferno: A Novel by Dan Brown
- And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
- Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger
- Until the End of Time: A Novel by Danielle Steel
- Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
- A Wanted Man: A Reacher Novel by Lee Child
- Fifty Shades Freed by E L James
- The Sins of the Mother: A Novel by Danielle Steel
Top Circulating Adult Nonfiction Titles in 2013
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
- Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
- My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
- Bossypants by Tina Fey
- Proof of heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D.
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
If you’re looking for your next book to read over the holidays, NYPL’s users have a few suggestions for you! David Sedaris’ latest Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls and Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead (the comic that the very popular TV series is based on) are just two of the top 20 titles that were checked out last month by your fellow book lovers! For the full list, just click here!
If you are prepared to take a hard punch in your gut, and like brave, acute, elated, naked, brutal, tender, humane, and beautiful prose, then you’ve come to the right place.
Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love, reviewing André Aciman’s Harvard Square
On April 22 at NYPL, the two authors will discuss the themes that haunt them both: identity, exile, fiction, and memory
“‘That Smell” was Ibrahim’s first book. He’s written many others, but none as powerful, or as prophetic… In Robyn Creswell’s new translation, “That Smell” seems not so much written as secreted; it leaves you feeling tense and clammy, as it must have done when it was first published.”
— Adam Shatz discussing Robyn Creswell’s translation of Sonallah Ibrahim’s first book “That Smell” in this week’s London Review of Books. Join us Monday as both author and reviewer discuss the tension of Sonallah Ibrahim’s work.