NYPL Recommendations

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E-Books From the Zora Canon: The 100 Greatest Books by African American Women

Almost all are available to read now on the SimplyE app.

Selections From Our 125 Books We Love List That You Can Access at Home

Although our doors may be closed to the public, we are still celebrating New York Public Library’s 125th Year Anniversary in full force with our 125 Books We Love List.

Fierce Reads to Help Celebrate Women's History Month

Strong female characters—all available as e-books.

Escape Your Couch Into These Fantasy Worlds

All are available as e-books.

Online Resource: Plympton Serials on SimplyE

Explore some short fiction and narrative nonfiction available now at NYPL.

15 Books About Jobs More Interesting Than Yours

Take a deep dive into a profession that you hadn't really thought about.

Quick Reads: Manga Fewer than Ten Volumes

New to manga? Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry—we’re here to help!

Patron Picks: "The Gift of Reading" at Open Book Hour

From picture books to novels and cookbooks, take a look at patrons' favorite books to give as gifts.

The Gift of Reading: Book Bundles

Looking for new titles in your favorite subgenres? We've gathered a list of book bundles, from true crime to cozy mysteries to video game fiction.

Nom-Nom November: Food and Cooking Manga

Food is such an integral part of any society, so it's no wonder many stories revolve around food prep, design, and enjoyment. With our favorite food-related manga, you'll get all the drama, recipes, and limitless food possibilities. Douzo meshiagare!

Patron Picks: Things That Go Bump in the Night at Open Book Hour

Peek at the spooky picks from our last Open Book Hour at Mid-Manhattan Library, from the Monstress collection and Walking Dead comic novels to Stephen King and Agatha Christie.

Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2019

Let's face it, picture books are not just for kids.

NYPL's Top 10 Books of 2019

We asked our staff of voracious readers here at NYPL to send us the titles they read and loved published between January and December 2019. The results were as diverse as our staff and collections, but these are the ten that received the greatest number of votes. Friends and readers, NYPL’s Top 10 Books of 2019.

Where to Start with Stephen King

Stephen King has written more than 90 novels and 200 short stories, as one of the most prolific and popular authors in modern literature. If you're ready to delve into the work of the Master of Horror, we can help! Find recommendations on his story collections, most widely read titles, and 1,000-plus-page epics.

12 Authors and Their TED Talks

Ever wondered if your favorite author has a TED Talk? In honor of the #TEDReads initiative and National Book Month, check out these twelve authors who have given TED Talks.

That's What She Read: Reading Recommendations from "The Office"

What books would the endearing (often exasperating) personalities of Dunder Mifflin be reading?

Fourth and Fifth Trimesters Booklist

My kid is seven months old, which means we've survived the fourth and fifth trimesters of his life! For me, and I'm guessing for most parents, these first six months have been full of questions, and a lot of 3 am Google-fests. It's also easy to get sucked into wormholes of outdated advice, horror stories, and judgmental forums. Thankfully, there are also lots of great books that can guide the new parent through the daily joys and crises of these dizzying first months.

Saddle Up For Fierce Female Westerns!

Where are the western heroines who take after Annie Oakley or Stagecoach Mary? Well we've got them right here, with a list of our favorite western literature featuring female leads.

Rebels, Renegades, and Radicals: Ladies of the West

In the American western, men are typically lauded as heroes, or even anti-heroes, while women are often painted as either prostitutes or wholesome farm girls. In reality, women occupied much more varied roles in the Old West. Our nonfiction picks tell their stories.

Go Your Own Way

This fall Warby Parker is helping to support our Early Literacy Initiative. As it turns out, they love reading as much as we do! In particular, titles featuring characters who blaze their own trail, march to the beat of their own drummer, and go their own way.